Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell feels that T20 cricket is going towards a direction of pure entertainment, and there needs to be a balance between sports and entertainment in the shortest format of the game. Ian Chappell also pointed out that batsmen are getting a bigger advantage in the T20 format, reducing bowlers to virtual bowling machines.
In his latest column for ESPN, Ian Chappell took an example of the recent ICC T20I World Cup 2021, where chasing teams emerged as winners in most of the games. For instance, the three knock-out games of semi-finals and final witnessed the team batting second, eventually pulling off a victory. Moreover, opting to bowl after winning the toss was the most favourable option for teams throughout T20 World Cup 2021.
Mixture Of Better Bats And Smaller Boundaries Reducing Bowlers To Virtual Bowling Machines: Ian Chappell
In his column for ESPN, Ian Chappell said that the ludicrous mixture of better bats and smaller grounds have turned bowlers into virtual bowling machines.
“It is fine when middled deliveries finish up in the stands but a bowler should be extremely angry if a blatant mis-hit still clears the ropes.
“This problem is not so pronounced on larger Australian grounds, but I’m not sure what genius produced the ludicrous mixture of better bats and smaller boundaries. This combination is reducing bowlers to virtual bowling machines,” Ian Chappell wrote.
The 78-year-old veteran cricketer also stressed a need for balance between sports and entertainment in T20 cricket. According to Chappell, T20 cricket is too much in favour of pure entertainment at present.
“Then there is the balance between sport and entertainment. In my opinion the balance in T20 cricket needs to be somewhere in the vicinity of 60:40 sport to entertainment. At the moment it’s unbalanced and too much in favour of pure entertainment”, Ian Chappell further wrote.
Australia won the title of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 after defeating New Zealand in the final by 8 wickets. Australia, who were arguably the least favourite team to win the title among semi-finalists, managed to defeat Pakistan in the semi-final and New Zealand in the final.
Notably, in both the games, Australia won the toss and opted to chase and won. Moreover, a lot of matches during the tournament witnessed the team batting second, eventually bagging the victory.
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