Legendary Sunil Gavaskar believes that T20 cricket doesn’t require much tinkering as it is in “health pink,” but game administrators may want to consider leaving two bouncers per, go ahead. The shortest format has witnessed dominance from batsmen around the world over the years, with bowlers having little to play on short-bound flat decks. Does he envision a rule change to relieve pressure on bowlers? “The T20 game is doing very well and you don’t have to tinker with it,” Gavaskar told PTI during an exclusive interview from the UAE, where he works as a broadcaster for the Indian Premier League.
But the iconic figure came up with a few suggestions that could be seriously considered by the game’s lawmakers.
“It’s definitely going to be heavily loaded in favor of the batsmen. So give a fast bowler two bouncers per and yes, the boundaries could easily be longer, if the ground authorities want it,” he said.
“Also look at giving an extra for the bowler who takes a wicket in his first three overs. But seriously, there’s no need to change anything at all,” added the 71-year-old opening team.
Speaking of rules, Gavaskar suggested that the TV umpire should be empowered to check if a non-attacker is running too far back, even before a bowler has thrown the ball.
So why haven’t the keepers of the game thought of punishing the batsman, who steals three to five yards by backing too far from the non-attacker’s end?
“There is a penalty to be dismissed if the bowler walks away from the non-attacker who moves out of the crease before the ball is delivered,” Gavaskar said.
But he believes that if the TV referee feels that the non-attacker is getting too far back, even if there is a limit, it should be considered a penalty as “a shortage”.
Now that the TV referee also checks to see if the bowler has crossed with no balls, he should be able to see if the non-attacker has left the crease before the ball is released and if he has, then if runs are taken, it can be called a deficit, even if a limit or four is hit. This should act as a deterrent, ”said Gavaskar.
Gavaskar has consistently objected to the use of the term “Mankading”, believing it to be an insult to one of India’s greatest cricketers, the late Vinoo Mankad.
Mankad ran off Bill Brown at the end of the non-striker for backing too far during a test match between India and Australia in 1948.
While Australian Captain Sir Donald Bradman had stated that Mankad was absolutely right and acting within the rules, the media Down Under of the time called the dismissal “Mankading”.
The legend puts things into perspective why it is so legitimately reprehensible to say ‘Mankading’.
“I don’t know if it is deliberately rooted in us, but of all the so-called unsportsmanlike acts on the cricket field, this type of dismissal is the only one that has been named.”
“With all the talk of doing away with terms like ‘Chinese’ and ‘French clipping’ for being politically incorrect, it is time that this disparaging term was thrown in the trash too,” he said.
Gavaskar also praised senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who issued a warning to Aaron Finch for backing down too far in an IPL match between Delhi Capitals and RCB, but also made it clear that he would not spare the batsman next time.
Ashwin is one of the brightest cricketers. Through this gesture, he has shown respect and respect to his coach Ricky Ponting, who has expressed his displeasure with this kind of dismissal. However, he has also announced publicly that this is the final warning. walks out of his fold from now on, he must be willing to walk back to the dug-out, ”he concluded.
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