New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have lost a lot of sleep over the new ODI rules which have ensured that new balls are used from both ends during an innings and only four fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle, but Ravindra Jadeja believes that it has made the shorter format of the game more interesting and challenging.
While bowlers have been taken to the cleaners in the ongoing ODI series, Jadeja has been the most efficient, with an economy rate of 5.24.
That he is the only Indian bowler to have bowled his quota of 10 overs in each of the five matches shows that he has — to an extent — mastered the art of bowling with five fielders inside the ring.
Test cricket has often been considered the thinking man’s game and the 50-over format more about going out and expressing oneself, but Jadeja feels that the shorter version is now all about doing one’s homework correctly and trying to catch the opposition unawares.
Jadeja feels that while it is slightly harder for spinners because batsmen are generally set by the time they come on to bowl, it also makes the slow bowlers think out of the box.
“The five fielders inside the circle and two new balls rule is slightly difficult for spinners, especially if the batsmen are set. But it’s the same rule for everyone, so there is no reason to complain,” he said. “Also, it means that we have to keep thinking all the time, even when we are bowling in the nets, so that we are accustomed to bowling that way. What it has also done is to make the bowler think a lot more.”
Jadeja says now bowlers have to prepare well. “With the five fielder rule playing on the mind, the bowler needs to know the strength and weakness of a bowler to the core. When a batsman is set and you come on to bowl, you need to think as to which is the fifth fielder who needs to be kept inside the circle, keeping in mind which exactly are the strong hitting areas of the batsman and which are the areas where he wouldn’t be too comfortable playing,” he said.
While Dhoni has tried to emphasise that spinners have been made ineffective with the two new ball rules coming in, Jadeja begs to differ. He feels it is all about how the wicket is playing.
“There isn’t much role of the ball when it comes to the effectiveness of the spinners. If the pitch is helpful for the spinners, the ball doesn’t matter much. To be honest, wickets matter the most, be it in the sub-continent or England and Australia. If the wickets are spin-friendly, the spinners will obviously get turn and come into play,” he said.
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