Following the run-fest during the second ODI between India and England in Pune, former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has urged the ICC to ‘urgently relook’ at the existing rules for the betterment of the bowlers. England chased down a total of 337 runs to level the series 1-1.
Batting first, Team India posted 336/6 in the allotted 50 overs. KL Rahul top-scored for the hosts with 108 while Rishabh Pant (77) and Virat Kohli (66) scored counter-attacking fifties too. In reply, England were too comfortable in their run-chase and crossed the finishing line before the conclusion of the 44th over.
Bowlers from both teams were taken to the cleaners as the pitch did not offer much. Krunal Pandya was the most expensive bowler, conceding 72 runs in just 6 overs while the likes of Tom Curran, Ben Stokes, and Kuldeep Yadav conceded more than eight runs per over.
With the bowlers from both the teams looking clueless on the night, Gautam Gambhir has urged the ICC as well as the BCCI to reconsider the existing rules. The cricketer-turned-politician pointed out that the bowlers look redundant because of the existing rules which favour batsmen.
“The rules of the game seem so lopsided in favour of batsmen that bowlers seem redundant, ‘also rans’. @ICC urgently needs to relook at the circle rule, two new balls, and bouncer restrictions. Otherwise, bowlers will be reduced to programmed bowling machines @bcci,” he wrote on Twitter.