New ODI rules have made life difficult for batsmen, says Virat Kohli

Pavan Suresh / 24 October 2015

The Indian star batsmen Virat Kohli believes that recent changes in the batting power play rules by the International cricket council has made it difficult to score in One-day Internationals, especially in the death overs.

The ICC recently scrapped the batting power play in ODI’s and permitted five fielders outside the 30-yard circle in the last 10 over’s instead of the previous requiring three fielders. It has become tough for the batsmen in ODI’s compared to the rules in the past specifically in sub-continent. The reason is that the ball is getting rough and old and not having too much pace and thus difficult for the batsmen to get boundaries.

The series stands at 2-2 after India won the fourth match at Chennai. Virat Kohli said it wont be difficult to play outside the subcontinent because it wont be a bad game being five fielders outside the circle there are more chances of rotating the strike. It will be interesting to see how the rule change work abroad. With change of games running between wickets need to be done to get the scoring on the way. It has become difficult especially in the later part of the innings.

Virat Kohli played a match winning knock in the previous match (138) which led to India’s 35 runs win. The mood in the camp is very good and before the last game the team did not play collective game. It promises to be great decider at the Wankedhe. 

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