new Delhi: Great batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes that T20 cricket is in good condition and there is no need for change but two bouncers can be allowed in an over.
In this shortest format of cricket, the batsmen are dominating and the bowlers on flat pitches do not have much to do. Asked whether a change in rules is necessary to reduce the pressure on bowlers, Gavaskar said, “T20 cricket is in a very good position and no change is needed”.
He said, ‘This is in line with the batsmen so the fast bowlers can be allowed to bowl two bouncers in each over and the boundary should be slightly larger. An extra over can be given to a bowler who has taken wickets in the first three overs, but I do not think any change in this format is needed.
Regarding the rules, he said that the TV umpire should have the right to check whether the batsman standing at the front end has not come out of the crease much before the bowler bowls.
Gavaskar said, ‘If this happens, the bowler can run the batsman out before bowling.’
He said that the TV umpire feels that if the batsman has come forward at the ‘non-striker’ end, then even if it is four, there can be a penalty of cutting a run.
He said, ‘The TV umpires are now watching that the bowler has not bowled out of the crease, ie there is no Noble. Similarly, even the non-striker batsman has not come out of the crease, it can also be seen.
He has been consistently opposing the use of the word ‘mancading’ because he feels that it is an insult to India’s great cricketer Veenu Mankad.
Let us tell you that Mankad had dismissed Billy Brown in a test between Australia and India in 1948. Australian captain Sir Don Bradman had said that Mankad was right in his place and he did so within the scope of the rules, but the Australian media called the wicket ‘mankinding’.
Gavaskar said, ‘I don’t know why, despite the so-called game spirit working on the playground, a similar wicket was named. If we talk about stopping the use of ‘Chinaman’ and ‘French cut’ then this word should not be used either.
He praised off-spinner R Ashwin, who warned Aaron Finch to come out of the crease during the match between RCB and Delhi Capitals but also said that he would be run out next time.
He said, ‘Ashwin expressed respect to coach Ricky Ponting by doing this, who had expressed displeasure over such a wicket. With this, he also warned that from now on, if anyone comes out of the wicket, he will run out.