Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

IPL 2024 has been proved to be a batters’ paradise. In just 35 matches so far, 15 times has the 200-run mark been breached, five of which went past 250.

In response to the development, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar sent a fiery message to BCCI calling for protection of bowlers. The Little Master gave a fiery message to BCCI on how the bowlers can be protected.

As per the former batting great, the boundary ropes can be pushed a little more back, especially at smaller venues, as he pointed out the gap between the advertisement board and the fence where the stands begin.

“I wouldn’t suggest any changes to a cricket bat because they are all within regulations, but I have been saying this for a long time, increase the size of the boundary at every ground. There is enough space in the stadiums to take it back a little more by a couple of metres. It can often prove to be the difference between a catch and a sixer. You can push that LED or advertisement boards even further so that the boundary rope can go back by 2-3 metres and that will make a difference. Otherwise, the bowlers are the only ones who will suffer,” said Gavaskar.

“What we have been seeing in T20 cricket over the last few days is that this is batting like the coach tells in the nets, ‘This is the last round’, and everybody starts swinging their bat around bang, bang whether they get out or not. It’s enjoyable to a little extent, but after that it gets...not so exciting. I wanted to use a stronger word, but no,” the former batting great added.