Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has lauded the condition of the pitches prepared so far, in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Moreover, from his ‘bird’s eye view’ owing to the commentary box.
The opening week have already given enough reasons for the fans to get excited about. Also, there have been few matches which have gone to the wire making it riveting for the spectators.
Writing in his column for the TOI, Gavaskar stated that the pitches have been ‘top-class’. While we have already seen few 200-plus scores.
The bowlers have also got some bite from the deck. Gavaskar also went on to add that the IPL was indeed a unique tournament.
“It is these touch and go situations that have made this format such a popular one in an age where the attention span of individuals has shrunk considerably. What also makes the IPL unique is that the fan gets to see all aspects of the game in fast forward,” Gavaskar wrote.
“There is quality fast bowling, top-class spin bowling, aggressive batting with some wonderful creative shots and the spectator, be it at the ground or on TV enjoys it thoroughly. The pitches also have been top-class so far and that’s a huge reason for the quality of cricket that took place so far,” he added.
While Sunil Gavaskar noted many positives, he pointed out that captains are taking too much time to set their tactics.
A few skippers in the IPL have been guilty of the same with Ravi Ashwin and Dinesh Karthik being a few examples of the same.
“The Umpires need to come in to stop skippers taking too much time, for it interrupts the flow of the game and while that may be a tactical thing to do, it does not help the paying spectator at all. He wants to see action all the time and he is the one that has to be thought of more than who should bowl the final over of the innings,” he concluded.