Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels T20 cricket is in “pink of health” but suggests allowing two bouncers per over, moving ahead to make the game more balanced.
Giant bats, short boundaries, fielding restrictions, free hits and flat pit pitches have made the game heavily favourable for batsmen, leaving too little for the bowlers to do.
“The T20 game is doing very well and there’s no need to tinker with it,” Sunil Gavaskar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI from the UAE where he is working as a broadcaster for the Indian Premier League.
“It is loaded heavily in favor 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,” Gavaskar said.
“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,” Gavaskar added.
Gavaskar also feels that the TV umpire should be allowed to check whether a non-striker is backing up too far even before a bowler has delivered the ball.
So, why haven’t the custodians of the game thought about penalizing the batsman, who is stealing three to five yards by backing up too far at the non-striker’s end?
“There is a penalty of being dismissed if the bowler runs out the non-striker who is moving out of the crease before the ball is delivered,” Gavaskar said.
“Now that the TV umpire is also checking if the bowler has overstepped for no balls, he should be able to see if the non-striker has left the crease before the ball is released and if he has, then if runs are taken, it can be called one short even if a boundary or four is hit. This should act as a deterrent,” Gavaskar said.