Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Is T-20 axe for the bowlers?

When the Twenty-20 cricket was in initial stage, many of the bowlers especially spinners claimed that this form of cricket will be an axe for the bowlers in future. This was obvious because many of the rules of cricket are made in favor of batsmen. The spectators enjoy batting more than that of the bowling. This was the reason why ICC has introduced many rules in favor of the batsmen. These rules made cricket fast and obviously more popular. Almost the bowling factor was neglected. We have seen many of the high scoring matches in last few years that were not there in last 20 years. Now, the scores of 300 in ODIs are not safe! The popularity of the cricket is increased due to it.
T-20 cricket is containing only 20 overs to bowl. Obviously, the bowlers were expected to get the treatment which was there in ODI’s first and last 10 overs! So, recently we have seen a large change in cricket from test to T-20 format. I have also seen that after introducing T-20 cricket, the speed of test cricket is also increased. Almost all the test matches are now producing the results! This is the positive factor that affected the test cricket from T-20 cricket.
According to me, the job of bowling is more difficult than that of batsman’s. One interesting thing I will mention here that, it is expected that all bowlers should be able to bat but batsmen are not expected to bowl always! So it shows that bowling is difficult than batting. Bowling is one of the best arts in all form of cricket. I think all the balls that any type of the bowler bowls are best but by keeping the batsman and its position in mind, one has to bowl. Whoever gets success in this; is considered as a good bowler. After introduction of T-20 cricket, the challenges in front of bowlers get increased. They got extra space and ways to think about the bowling. It is seen that one batsman can change the overall scenario of the match in one over. But a bowler can also change the overall scenario of match in his one over. He can use more and more tactics to restrict the batsman. So the skills to adopt by a bowler are increased. Now, bowlers are playing a vital role to restrict the scores. As the value of single run is increased, the value of bowler is also increased.
In Indian Premiere League also we have seen many times the bowlers had played a vital role in winning the matches. Now, the spinners seem to be most economical bowlers in the series. By looking the figures produced by Anil Kumble, Shane Warne, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, R. Ashwin we can conclude that spin bowlers can do their job better in any form of the cricket. Actually, T-20 is not an axe for the bowlers neither fasters nor spinners! Only they require the higher skill set against the batsmen…


  1. The T-20 format has drastically changed the world of cricket. So, it is necessary for the bowlers to change themselves. A bowler can easily turn the result of the match.


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