With the modern format of the game or precisely Twenty20 form of the game coming more into the limelight, batsmen have had the upper hand over the bowlers. The limited-overs cricket, in particular, now offers more massive totals than not.
The contemporary game forced batsmen to add many innovative shots. With the inception of T20 leagues around the globe, batsmen added many different shots in their arsenal.
Moreover, the primary motive of these shots is to take fewer deliveries and to score the maximum number of runs.
However, with the passage of time, bowlers have slowly added many new skills to compete against the batters. Although, they are still behind when it comes to balance in the game the presence cannot be neglected.
Subsequently, they added many varieties to clinch wickets alongside with their stock deliveries. Many deliveries like doosra, carrom ball, the slower bouncer came into existence as a part of innovation.
No doubt, it took three decades in One-day International format to witness first individual 200-run mark. However, one needs to say how easy it is achievable now. With the Fakhar Zaman’s entry into the elite club, the number of double-tons reaches to four now as Rohit Sharma is on the top of the tree with three double-hundreds.
Besides this, there are many other things like free-hits, two new balls that are favouring the batsmen in general.
Cricket Addictor brings you top three choices that change the weight of the game towards batsmen.
#3 Bat Size:
In the past few years, the size of the bat remained a focal point behind every big total. This very thing forced world governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) to come up with a regulation regarding the size of the bat. The law came into existence on September 28, 2017.
The rule states that the thickness of the edges cannot be more than 40mm, and the overall depth can be 67.
Despite the formation of the rule, no change seems to have been inculcated at the ground level. Even nowadays, a mistimed shot crosses the fence without any distraction.
Same is the case with the edges. When a ball kisses the shoulder of the bat, it flies over the head of the wicket-keeper that speaks volumes about the cricket bat.
#2 Batting Surfaces:
With the emergence of T20 format, curators are preparing surfaces like highways. The main reason behind this is to develop a high-scoring surface that will add spice in the game.
To entertain the fans with a thriller, most of the teams prepare batting wickets.
Even the pitches like England and Australia are going with the same trend. The venues that were famous for green tops allowed two teams to cross even 800-run mark barrier in a match.
However, the low scoring matches are most entertaining. The recently display in the Indian Premier League (IPL) from Sunrisers Hyderabad supports the same.
It has now become a trend to witness massive totals in the limited-overs cricket.
#1 Boundary Dimensions:
Whether boundary ropes or advertising hoardings, both the commodities turn the game into the favours of batsmen. The boundary ropes shrunk further with the inception of the T20 format of the game.
From Holkar Stadium in Indore to maximum stadiums in New Zealand, bowlers think about the pitches like the graveyard. With the other measures, the shrinking of boundary dimensions reduces the balance between bat and ball.