Tiny boundaries a bane for bowlers: Warne

New Delhi, October 2

Shane Warne, one of the foremost cheerleaders of the IPL, has advocated a number of changes to “improve” T20 cricket.

The former Australian leg-spinner, a mentor and ambassador with the IPL team Rajasthan Royals, believes that having longer boundaries and allowing bowlers to bowl a maximum of five overs would improve the T20 format. He also suggested that the wicket for a T20 game should be similar to that on a fourth day of a Test match, in order to help the bowlers.

Warne expressed these views on social media today, writing on Twitter: “I would improve T20 cricket by 1. boundaries as big as possible at each venue & on small grounds keep grass on the outfield long, 2. bowlers a max of 5 overs not four, 3. pitch must day 4 Test match pitch & not be a flat rd as we all want a contest between bat & ball not just 6s.”

Warne has generally been a huge supporter of T20 slogging, and has several times hailed power-hitters in T20 cricket.

In the ongoing IPL-13, totals over 200 have already been chased down successfully a couple of times. Last evening, Mumbai Indians scored 104 runs in their last six overs, ending up at 191/4 against Kings XI Punjab. In this context, Warne said that “tiny boundaries” are not helping the bowlers.

“Batsmen are getting better and have been awesome, yes… But the bowling really needs to improve at the same rate! The mindset is defence & not attack. Sure these tiny boundaries don’t help, but they can still get better at executing their skills,” Warne wrote. — TNS

Sky is the limit in last four overs: Pollard

Abu Dhabi: “We know sky is the limit in the last four overs,” said Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard after adding 67 runs in 23 balls with Hardik Pandya in their IPL game against Kings XI Punjab yesterday. Pollard, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, said: “It’s about what’s there in front of you. Look at the bowlers and see how many you want to get, 15 off the over and then you try to go hard. Today Hardik had to come and swing and he showed his prowess.” Pandya said the sight of an off-spinner, Krishnappa Gowtham, being handed the ball in the last over had him and Pollard excited before they hit him for 25 runs. “It was very intense, it was more like mouth watering that an off-spinner bowling the 20th over. Me and Pollard, whoever misses has to stand at the non-striker’s end and just watch, and that was me today. I missed two balls but Pollard made up most of it,” Pandya said.

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