Not everyone loves Twenty20 cricket. Rudra Pratap Singh is one of them. The leading wicket-taker of IPL-II thinks pitches in India should have something for men like him.
“The IPL gets a slot sometime during April and May. At that time, we are hardly able to make the ball swing and neither is there any movement off the pitch.
“Maybe, it’ll be better if the people concerned leave some grass on the pitch. That will give the bowlers something to look forward to. Otherwise, it becomes too one-sided,” the Deccan Chargers fast bowler said.
RP’s words were seconded by Adam Gilchrist, who reckoned that for any form of the game to succeed, there had to be an even contest between bat and ball.
“You certainly don’t want to see the bowlers being hit all the time. There should be some parity, somewhere. It’s good to see that in South Africa this time.”
RP too felt there should be something for the bowlers to make Twenty20 more interesting. “We know that Twenty20 is mostly about runs and that a scenario where a team gets out for 80 is unwanted.
“Even then, it shouldn’t be all about batsmen and nothing for the bowlers. It’s important to have a proper contest.”
RP though accepted that the format gives a bowler some chance because the batsmen are always looking for runs. “You can say that because this format makes sure that batsmen take more chances than they would in Tests or 50-over matches. This means there is a greater chance of them making mistakes.”
For one who relies more on movement in the air and bounce off the wicket instead of working on the angle, like most left-armers, RP felt it’s a different ball game in terms of chalking out plans. “In the longer versions, you can afford to stick to a ploy for a few overs and see what’s happening. In Twenty20, you have to alter your plans every second or third ball. Everything around you happens very fast and you have to keep pace.”