In the ever-competitive world of cricket, the contest between bat and ball has evolved over the years. While the batsmen are making merry with bigger bats, new balls, shorter boundaries and field restrictions, the bowlers, sadly, have found themselves at the receiving end.
It won't be an exaggeration to say that the contest between bat and ball has titled hugely in favour of batsmen, especially in ODI and T20 formats.
Gone were the days when the sight of a fast bowler, steaming in from a log run-up, sending the stumps cart-wheeling along the ground elated fans. This is the age of T20 cricket where slambang cricket action captures the imagination of fans through marauding batsmen, wielding their bats and sending the ball deep into the stands at will, cutting a sorry figure for the bowlers.
While you can't really force anyone to stop liking swashbuckling batsmen, the International Cricket Council (ICC), being the governing body, can surely make sure the poor bowlers are adequately backed in negating the challenges posed by their counterparts at the other end of the pitch.
And that's exactly what Harbhajan Singh pointed out in his recent tweet.
Sachin Tendulkar â Sourav Ganguly in ODIs:
No other pair has crossed even 6,000 runs together in ODIs ð¤¯ pic.twitter.com/VeWojT9wsr
The ICC, on 12th May, took to Twitter to hail Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly as the greatest ODI pair in ODI cricket. The governing council highlighted the impressive statistics of Tendulkar and Ganguly as an opening pair, listing out 8,227 runs scored by them - the best figures by an opening batting pair in ODI history.
This brings back wonderful memories Dadi.
How many more do you think we wouldâve been able to score with the restriction of 4 fielders outside the ring and 2 new balls? @SGanguly99 @ICC https://t.co/vPlYi5V3mo
The tweet didn't just draw the attention of Indian cricket fans, but also garnered a response from the 'Master Blaster'.
Tagging Ganguly in his reply, Tendulkar wondered how many more runs they would have scored with current field restrictions. "This brings back wonderful memories Dadi. How many more do you think we would've been able to score with the restriction of 4 fielders outside the ring and 2 new balls?," Tendulkar tweeted.May 12, 2020
Soon, Ganguly, too, echoed similar sentiments as Tendulkar and claimed that they would have added around 4,000 runs together.
The BCCI president also believes that, with two new balls and current field restrictions, they would have scored boundaries at will. "Another 4000 or so..2 new balls..wow..sounds like a cover drive flying to the boundary in the first over of the game..for the remaining 50 overs," Ganguly tweeted.
At least few more thousands runs easily..such a bad rule this is..need few bowlers in @ICC to keep th balance right bitween bat and ball.. and games become more competitive when team scores 260/270 now days everyone scorning 320/30 plus and getting chased as well often https://t.co/7h41xWKVYDâ Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 12, 2020
While the cricket fans were loving the exchange between Ganguly and Tendulkar, two of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time, Harbhajan, feeling sorry for the bowlers, slammed ICC for their "bad" rules in modern-day cricket.
"At least few more thousands runs easily..such a bad rule this is..need few bowlers in @ICC to keep th balance right bitween bat and ball..and games become more competitive when team scores 260/270 now days everyone scorning 320/30 plus and getting chased as well often," Harbhajan, slamming ICC's rules, tweeted.
Couldnât agree with you more Bhajji! Even I feel the rules and surfaces both need to be looked into. https://t.co/QZqJ2sB761â Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 13, 2020
Taking note of Bhajji's tweet, Tendulkar backed the Indian off-spinner and his former Mumbai Indians teammate while reiterating the fact that these rules need to be reconsidered.
"Couldnât agree with you more Bhajji! Even I feel the rules and surfaces both need to be looked into," Tendulkar tweeted.