The changing dynamics of modern-day cricket


Modern day cricket requires cricketers to play the game differently to the way it was played a decade ago. With the advent of Twenty20 (T20), things have changed drastically. The game has seen changes with the way players approach the game nowadays. Captains have become more aggressive and tactical in their approach. Bowlers are taken apart more often than not, but their desperation has bred evolution. We now see deliveries like the carom ball, the doosra, the off-cuter, various types of slower balls, and more. Fielding has become an extremely important aspect and we have seen some innovations even in fielding — just look at Shane Watson and David Wiese in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

The batsmen too have adapted some insane shots like the switch-hit, upper-cut and dilscoop among others. Batsmen lay a lot of focus on running hard between the wickets to convert the ones into twos and twos into threes, especially in the middle overs of a limited-overs match. The way Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni run between the wickets toward the end of an innings ensures that not only are the runs flowing regularly even without boundaries, the bowlers and fielders are constantly under pressure. In the recently-concluded ICC World T20 2016, Kohli and Dhoni employed this tap-and-run method to great effect. The shortest format of the game has changed the way ODIs are being played now. Before 2006, a 400-plus total in ODIs was unheard of. Since then it has become so regular that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2016 saw as many as 3 such scores.

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