A decade ago and years before that, in One-Day international cricket, the score of 250 was considered as a good total to defend but in the modern day cricket the score of 300-350 is not considered safe these days. It was unimaginable 10-years back that an individual would score 200 runs, but in modern day cricket three Indian players have scored 200 runs out of which Rohit Sharma has scored 200 runs twice which is a great record.
There have been 6 teams in the World which have crossed 400 times in the recent times. In 2006, Australia scored 437 but South Africa chased this huge score of 438 in that match. In 2013-14, Australia scored twice 350+ and India chased it down both times. It shows that with invention of T-20 cricket the impact is evident on One day International cricket. The pitches these days are batting friendly.
In Modern day cricket, there have been many impact players which have the ability to destroy any bowling apart. These players are Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma. They know how to bat and pace their innings accordingly. The new regulations have also helped the batsmen to score runs at good pace.
In test matches, also the players play in a positive manner. The likes David Warner, Virat Kohli, Kumar Sangakkara have showed the way to play in One-day International cricket.
In India, where the pitches are so flat, the score of 300 would not look so safe because of short boundaries. Yesterday, AB de Villiers played one of finest innings in modern day cricket scoring 149 off 44 balls to decimate the West Indies bowling apart. He also broke the record of the fastest century in One day international that was previously held by Corey Anderson of New Zealand. Gayle is also a special player which can destroy any bowling attack.
In future, if this type of hitting goes on, even the score of 450 can scored. After watching yesterday’s innings of AB de Villiers one can say the he is one of the best batsmen in One day cricket at the moment.