In the first half of the ICC World Cup 2015, the teams have crossed 400+ runs thrice and 300+ runs nineteen times. Now the cricket fraternity is feared that the Gentlemen’s game is slowly but steadily getting tilted towards the batsmen and turning into nightmare for the bowlers. Many in the game fear the tournament has been transformed into a free pass for the world’s muscular batsman, armed with ever bigger, more powerful bats exploiting meaner fielding restrictions.

South Africa crossed the 200 mark twice while Australia posted the highest total in a World Cup last night against Afghanistan at the World’s fastest venue, Perth. Bowlers at the competition would have felt for seamers Dawlat Zadran, whose 10 overs returned 2-101, Shapoor Zadran’s 2-89 and spinner Mohammad Nabi’s 0-84.

It is a little unfair to faster bowlers, you don’t really know which way to bowl. People want to see big sixes and all that and that’s why the rules and laws have been changed. The wickets have become really flatter, and the batsmen are a lot fitter and the bats are thicker. So there are a lot of things going in the batters’ favour. I guess it’s a crowd pull thing. But for me, I believe it should be an even contest, said former Pakistan pacer and current coach Waqar Younis.

Since the new fielding restrictions, the run rate in the last 10 overs of World Cup games has gone from 7.64 to 10.81, former English county seamer Simon Hughes tweeted on @theanalyst.

S. No

Edition

300’s crossed

Run Rate (last 10 overs)

1

2003

9

7.44

2

2007

16

7.89

3

2011

17

7.64

4

2015

19

10.85

 

Under current rules, five fielders must be inside the 30-yard circle during the non-powerplay overs and only three fielders can be outside the circle during the five ‘powerplay’ overs which have to be taken by the batting team before 40 overs are completed. This allows the batsmen to take their time before launching an attack. Not only the team’s 400, but also 300 for an individual batsman beckons in the near future. All six individual scores of 200 and over have been made since 2010. India’s Rohit Sharma holds the record for the highest individual score with 264 against Sri Lanka at Kolkata last November.  

Australian captain Michael Clarke believes it is possible a batsman will soon crack the 300-run barrier.

Someone like Davey, or Chris Gayle or AB de Villiers (who made an undefeated 162 off 66 balls against the West Indies)… on a smaller ground I think they possibly could do it (make 300). I think the fact that you only have four fielders out instead of five makes a massive difference, and you’ve got two brand new balls means you’re hitting a much harder cricket ball the whole way through your innings. They’re probably the main two reasons. I think Twenty20 cricket in general has helped a lot of players in regards to power, hitting fours and sixes, but also hitting balls to different areas, said Australian skipper Michael Clarke.

The ICC must bring in some massive changes in the rules so that the sport remains a battle between the bat and a ball.

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