Friends, today’s article is not about cricket astrology or prediction, but how the change in the ODI rule may affect a few. Till June this year, we had a rule of limiting 4 fielders on the boundary. This rule saw frequent scores of 300+ in ODI’s. Even in the World cup we saw scores of 300+ on so called bouncy, fast Australian wickets.
I saw this match India vs SA ODI in Kanpur and like most spectators felt India should have easily won the match. But what made the difference? Strong Indian batting line up, reasonably flat wicket, home conditions – but still India couldn’t win the match, especially with MS Dhoni at the crease. Last 3 overs 30 odd to get, India should have done it, but a veteran like Dhoni was finding it difficult to pierce the field. His 31 of 30 balls, was generally a struggle and at a stage when the required rate was mounting, he wasn’t able to find the fence.
Many would disagree on the Title as it is not right to make a statement based on 1 match but this is what generally may be seen in ODI’s going forward –
1) Last 10 overs may not prove to be in the favor of batsmen & chasing at 9 Runs per over with decent wickets in hand may not be easy (refer India VS SA 3rd ODI, India couldn’t chase in 90 odd in last 10 overs & lost by 18 runs)
2) Bowlers no longer have to fear in death overs as economy rate will be better as compared to prior this Rule change & also their strike rate (taking wickets) will improve in last overs.
3) Most Imp – We won’t see teams scoring 300+ easily from now on (already seen the trend in flat Indian tracks in the current India SA series)
4) Teams can start looking to defend scores below 300 on good batting pitches.
5) This rule will certainly expose many middle & lower middle order batsmen.
6) And last but not the least – This rule will make the make the battle between Bat & Ball a little more balanced.