Bowling in cricket seems to be the toughest job in the universe after the recently concluded series between India and Australia.
3274 runs,107 sixes and 345 fours in total for the series looks like the stats for a calendar year by some team collectively,these staggering stats have opened the debate against these rules in the cricketing fraternity. Cricket is moving towards batsmen and if this goes on no body would like to be a bowler,adding to the misery are new Icc rules The bowling Power Play will have to be completed before the 40th over and more than four fielders will not be allowed outside the 30-yard circle at any stage of the innings. All the ODI's played post-ICC new rules have witnessed low-scoring matches with one extra fielder have to be inside the 30-yard circle throughout the match. What has changed since the 90's ? It's not like the Chinnaswamy has magically gotten smaller all of a sudden. India has always produced flat decks for ODIs. So what has really brought about this change in batting results? The answer is multi-faceted: The IPL and the freedom of strokeplay that it demands. James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh are all IPL veterans. Batsmen are much much stronger these days e.g: M.S. Dhoni is easily as powerful as Sir Vivian Richards was in his pomp. Bowlers have not yet evolved to counter the above two points. People talk about Marshall,McGrath, Ambrose, Akram,Waqar and Lillee but even those gentlemen would've struggled against this new breed of champion batsmen. We have complaints with the new format but are we not been following SA Vs PAK? Australia also got the same field placements, they also went through the same format. If Australia did not win, we have an issue with that? They lost it fair and square. Once the batsmen is set there is nothing you can do, but wait till he makes a mistake. No one complains when teams play in Australia, where the grounds are bigger. No one complains to ICC that the ground is big. Every team plays, so what's different here. Indians played on the same ground so did Australia, they also got the same ground. If they could not make use of the conditions is that India's fault, ICC's fault or BCCI's fault? What's wrong with the dead/flat pitches? Other teams too play in AUS where they do not prepare dead/flat pitches, they prepare green top pitches where AUS excel. Shouldn't they prepare dead/flat pitches? Does India complain at that time and don't they lose those matches.