"Two Bouncers, Extra Over": Sunil Gavaskar Suggests New Rules For T20 Cricket

“Two Bouncers, Extra Over”: Sunil Gavaskar Suggests New Rules For T20 Cricket

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Credits - Getty

The T20 cricket is studded with fun and frolics which has often seen batsmen dominating the game by taking bowlers to the cleaners. T20s, since its inception, has been a large success. So much so that it has taken the sheen off Test cricket and franchise leagues like the IPL are considered a ladder to step into the national team.

Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar belongs to the time when Test cricket was followed by one and all and players like himself set the bar high for the formats. However, time has changed now, and the shortest format of the game has become much loved among fans. In fact, leagues like IPL are often considered as the most-anticipated tournament after the 50-over World Cup.

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Sunil Gavaskar wants T20 cricket custodians to allow an extra over

Gavaskar has suggested certain rule change which can be considered seriously by the lawmakers of the shortest form of the game. Keeping bowlers in mind, he said that two bouncers should be allowed in the T20 format. He also mentioned that an extra over can be allowed for bowlers which could see them bowling five overs each in a game.

“The T20 game is doing very well and there’s no need to tinker with it,” Gavaskar told PTI during an exclusive interview from the UAE where he is working as a broadcaster for the Indian Premier League.

“It is loaded heavily in favour of the batsmen for sure. So, give a fast bowler two bouncers per over and yes the boundaries can be easily longer, if the ground authorities want it,” he said.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. (Credits: Twitter)

“Also look at giving an extra over to the bowler who takes a wicket in his first three overs. But seriously there’s no need to bring any changes at all,” the 71-year-old opening great added.

Gavaskar is currently a part of the IPL 2020 commentary panel. The entire tournament will be played entirely in UAE due to the pandemic situation forcing the cricket board to host the tournament away from India. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah will be the three venues used for the tournament.