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Sports. games. Bowlers in frame due to bigger boundaries: Harsha Bhogle

Sports. games. Kolkata Knight Riders players during the IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in …Read MoreNEW DELHI: Renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle expressed his happiness over the restoration of the balance between bat and ball thanks to the big grounds in in Dubai and Abu Dhabi where a majority of the IPL matches are being held. In his column for the Times of India, Bhogle wrote, “For years, like the producer chasing the box-office star rather than the story for his film, T20 has embraced big hitting at the expense of a contest between bat and ball. But this year, largely because of these unprecedented circumstances, we find ourselves playing a majority of the matches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. And we have rediscovered large grounds.” IPL 2020 POINTS TABLEBhogle cited the example of the match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings in which Chennai lost by 44 runs. “I was fearful that one day the boundary rope might get uncomfortably close to the 30 yard circle, start nudging it a bit. Instead, in Dubai, we have 80m boundaries. Abu Dhabi has retained the ropes beyond 70m. A six is an achievement again, not the default setting it was veering towards. And it has been wonderful to watch. When Chennai played Delhi in Dubai, only 3 sixes were hit in 37 overs,” Bhogle added. Bhogle lauded the fact that the pacers can now bowl good length deliveries to the batsmen and not afraid of attacking them. “Batsmen have to find different paths to their destination now. Twos, even threes sometimes, are back and the fielder at long-on is a catcher again, not just a spectator. KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal have constructed innings, only then embellished them. (I haven’t mentioned the brilliant Samson here because that came at Sharjah which offers a different narrative). The need to keep pitches in decent shape over two months has also meant that there is more grass on the surface. The new ball has found its voice again, a booming powerful statement rather than the apologetic whimper that it had sometimes been reduced to. Look at Rabada and Nortje, Bumrah and Pattinson, Cottrell and, especially Shami. They have bowled proud lengths to attack the batsman, not in defensive areas to escape him,” Bhogle opined. Bhogle hoped that the pitches in the IPL continue to be sporting tracks and the balance between bat and ball remains intact. “I don’t know if the pitches will wither under the pounding of feet and if this heat will weaken them. But this first week has given me something I have so often wished for. A contest between bat and ball and a good 165-170 game,” Bhogle concluded.
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