Rahul Dravid says that batsmen are allowed to take risks in T20 format
The current India A and Under 19 coach said that in T20 cricket batsmen are allowed to take risks. In the modern day cricket, the batsmen are playing innovative strokes which makes the bowlers think. The pitches in T20 format are becoming more batting friendly.
“We are more accepting of failure, I think, in T20 cricket than we are in any other form of the game,” Dravid said. “When a batsman takes risks and plays a paddle sweep or a reverse sweep or all the kinds of shots that they play, you’re more likely to view it with a certain degree of acceptance than you would, say, in a Test match or in one-day cricket. This has given batsmen freedom to try and experiment with these things more and they’re getting better and better at it.”
“I think the very nature of bowling is such that you are limited physically in the amount you can do,” he said. “It’s not that you can go on. You hear a batsman batting for an hour, two hours. They can set up bowling machines to mimic certain kinds of balls and they can go on practising. You can’t obviously go on bowling for two hours, two-and-a-half hours, three hours every day because you’re going to get injured or you’re going to break down at some time.
So, the opportunities for bowlers to work on their skills is limited physically, by the physical demands and the nature of the job that they are doing. Whereas batsmen, I think, have a little bit of a leeway because they are able to push themselves physically and practice a little more”.
The likes of AB De Villiers, Chris Gayle are stars of T20 format. All the batsmen in modern day cricket are playing all kinds of innovative strokes which makes bowlers weak.
There should be a balance between bat and ball in this format so that bowlers must get an equal chance.
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