‘Bowlers will be reduced to programmed bowling machines’: Gautam Gambhir urges ICC to look into ODI rules

Gautam Gambhir called on the International Cricket Council to review the rules of ODI cricket. Gambhir tweeted his concerns over England being beaten by India by six wickets in the series’ second game in Pune, where a total of 673 points were scored. Gambhir in particular urged the ICC to consider three rules of ODI cricket, which if maintained, he said, can make ODI cricket extremely user-friendly and reduce the role of bowlers.

“The rules of the game seem so lopsided in favor of the batsmen that the bowlers seem redundant, ‘ranse too.’ @ICC urgently needs to review the circle rule, two new balls and bouncer restrictions. Otherwise, bowlers will be reduced to the scheduled bowling machines @bcci, ”Gambhir tweeted to ICC and BCCI.

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It was in 2011 that the ICC introduced the concept of two new balls operated from two ends in ODI cricket, which over the years has worked a lot in favor of batsmen, especially with the advent of cricket. T20. ODI games over the past few years have produced racing parties, leaving bowlers with very little to be desired. Since there are two new balls, neither gets old enough for bowlers to generate a reverse swing in the later stages of the innings.

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Regarding the bouncer rule, only one bouncer is allowed by the bowler, which again limits the bowler’s advantage. Then there are the commissioning restrictions, divided into three Powerplays. In the first power play of the 1-10 overs, only two outfielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle. In the next 30 overs, which is 11 to 40, four outfielders are allowed and in the last 10 overs, five outfielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.

In 2018, as England recorded a world record total of 481/6 against Australia, improving on their previous record of 444, legendary Sachin Tendulkar expressed concern, calling the two-ball rule “ recipe for disaster ”. Over the years his feelings have been echoed by several former cricketers such as Waqar Younis and Sourav Ganguly to name a few.