The fifth ODI between hosts India and South Africa at the Wankhede stadium was simply unbelievable.
The visitors went on to make a mockery of the helpless bowling as the South Africans amassed 438 on board, with as many as three centurions. According to the greatest batsman of all time, Sachin Tendulkar, the colossal totals are the product of the new ODI rules as implemented by the ICC.
“It is the rules which have made all the difference. When I played, I remember the four-fielder rule was there throughout the 50 overs and in the Powerplay you could change your field but here more or less for all 50 overs the rule changed. You could only have four fielders outside and that definitely put more pressure on the bowlers,” Tendulkar said about big totals being scaled down.
“With four fielders outside the circle the batsman has more option of scoring runs in boundaries, the batsmen who are prepared to take more risks. That is also to do with the T20 format, the batsmen have been practising certain shots which earlier nobody would play,” Tendulkar added.
“The statistics itself show that in the last three years, the amount of matches played in Australia, you see the number of times teams have gone 320-plus. In the last 20 years they have not done that and in the last two years if you are able to do it then (it) is definitely to do with the laws,” Tendulkar pointed out.