Chennai Super Kings' Matthew Hayden's Legitimate Use of Mongoose!
With over one-third of IPL being over, and thus far seeing the batsmen dominating each game, be it Sachin, Kallis, or Yousuf Pathan, they all have left the bowlers devastated.
Now, Matthew Hayden is up to experiment his new equipment and he has bowlers left with very little part to play in a match.
As in other games, cricket too should be open for innovations, but that should not disturb the healthy contest between a batsman and a bowler.
While much of the innovations have been done with the bat, no experiments have been done with the balls—other than changing their colour for separate formats.
Fingers have always been raised on T20 format for killing the soul of the game by extending undue advantages to batsmen—like reducing the length of boundaries. In essence, pitches have been made more batsmen friendly.
Bowlers are left with nothing more than to bowl strategically and more disciplined so as to restrict any batsman from cutting loose.
Batsmen like Hayden should take lessons from the likes of Sachin and Kallis (I am not including Yousuf Pathan, who has been in a tremendous form, here as he is not even near to what Hayden has achieved in his career.)
It is the technique not the technology which will make you adorable.
If the cricketing authorities find no objections in the bat innovations, then they should encourage the same with the ball—even ball tampering could be made legitimate up to some extent.
As the bowlers always remained underrated in this format, maybe the long-term effect of this lopsidedness in the game will be discouraged, opting for bowling as a career.
The day is not far when their will be no one to carry the legacy of the bowlers like Mcgrath, Kumble, Muralidharan, and Shane Warne. The game has become merely a source of entertainment and pure business.
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