Modern-day ODI rules that the previous generation might have found it tough

Here are a few new rules in ODI cricket which the previous generation might not have excelled.

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Kane Richardson. (Photo by Sarah Ansell/Getty Images).

Sachin Tendulkar, on Tuesday, responded to a tweet by ICC regarding the record for most partnership runs as a pair in ODIs which is held by himself and his partner Sourav Ganguly. Tendulkar took a cheeky dig at modern-day ODI cricket asking his former batting partner and the current BCCI chief, Ganguly about how many more runs they could have added in the current rules. He highlighted the usage of two new balls and only four fielders outside the circle during the middle overs starting from the early part of the 2010s.

This fueled up an already debate on how the ODI format is turning in batsmen’s favour and making things tough for the bowlers. Two new balls from two ends has ensured neither of the balls in usage lasts more than 25 overs. This doesn’t help the pacers to get reverse swing for a longer period.

The ever-evolving ODI format has seen various changes to the playing conditions. Every rule change has its own challenge which is not necessarily possible to be cracked by previous generation players as one expects.

Here are few new rules in ODI cricket which the previous generation might not have excelled:

3. Field restrictions and bye-runners:

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Until 2005, the mandatory powerplay used to be for 15 overs where not more than two players were allowed outside the 30 yards circle. Two more players were needed to be in catching positions i.e. closer to the batsman in the inner circle around the pitch. This helps the batter to find the boundaries quite easily. With such a rule in existence, the present generation batsmen with an aggressive approach could score at an average of 8 runs an over in that period.

From 2005, the fielding restrictions were modified with 10 overs of mandatory powerplay followed by two blocks of 5-over powerplays where three fielders were allowed outside the circle. At present, four fielders are allowed to stay near the boundary once the mandatory powerplay of 10 overs concludes.

In fact, even the catching positions rule has been removed from 2012. Hence, the batsmen need to run a lot of singles and doubles during the middle overs giving a challenge to the fitness of the players.

Players around 1990s and 2000s were known to have misused the bye-runners rule which is one of the reasons why the runners have been barred from International Cricket since October 2011. Hence, in the current day of ODI cricket, the previous generation would have faced a challenge of being able to rotate strike for 40 overs. The requirement of finding boundaries was already there which could well drain out a player before they got a big score to their name.


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