Sachin Tendulkar, Waqar Younis reveal why runs are being piled on in England like never before

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 | 0

Runs are being piled on perhaps like never before in England. On wickets that are generally green, thus assisting seamers, and with outfields relatively bigger, the hosts have surprisingly put on some healthy totals including a world record of 481-6 against Australia in the ongoing five-match One-Day International series.

Then what factor is defying the nature of the conditions? Well, experts feel it has got to do with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rule of having two new balls from both ends. This means that the ball will not get old quickly, thereby denying the fast bowlers of reverse swing and spinners of enough turn.

Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest batsmen of all time, took to Twitter to express displeasure at ICC’s rule. “Having 2 new balls in one-day cricket is a perfect recipe for disaster as each ball is not given the time to get old enough to reverse. We haven’t seen reverse swing, an integral part of the death overs, for a long time. #ENGvsAUS.”

Waqar Younis, the legendary Pakistan seamer, too, corroborated with Tendulkar, opining the rule is a curse for many attacking speedsters. “Reason why we don’t produce many attacking fast bowlers..They all very defensive in their approach…always looking for change ups..totally agree with you @sachin_rt reverse swing is almost vanished.. #SAD,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, England have raced to a 4-0 lead in a series that has been dominated by the bat, barring the opener (which witnessed just 332 runs across both the innings). The hosts will look to complete a clean sweep when the two teams meet in the final ODI at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Sunday.



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