FEBRUARY 22, 2015

World Cup 2015

Investigating ODI myths

ESPNcricinfo staff

Once teams scoring more than 300 could be confident that it was a match-winning total. Now, however, the big scores are being chased down more frequently. With such a rapid transformation in ODI cricket over the last few years, Jonathan Liew - writing in the Telegraph - looks at a few preconceptions surrounding the ODI format - like the assumptions of what a safe score is and the importance of the first 10 overs - and examines their relevance in the current context of the World Cup.

A surprising number of the old maxims hold true. Doubling a team's score after 30 overs still just about works (it's actually nearer 31 overs, but same difference). Seeing off the new ball(s) is as important in 2015 as it was in 1975.

But for fielding captains as well as batting captains, the modern one-day international is much more of a juggling act than ever before. It's not fashionable to dole out praise to governing bodies, but the new regulations have breathed unpredictability and variety into a format that looked on the verge of extinction just a few years ago.

FEBRUARY 16, 2015

The mystery of the non-existent run-outs

Michael Jeh: Why do fielders insist on throwing at the stumps when they know there's no chance of dismissing the batsman?
JANUARY 22, 2015

Giving the batsman the benefit of the doubt? It's in the law

Kartikeya Date: Why going in favour of the batsman on lbws is more than just a tradition in cricket
NOVEMBER 11, 2014

Does the follow-on work in its current form?

Kartikeya Date: A team with a lead of any size should have the option of enforcing the follow-on in the third innings of a Test, boosting their chance of taking 20 wickets
AUGUST 16, 2014

Are slow over-rates really a problem?

Kartikeya Date: Time should be considered wasted only when a bowling side tries to slow the game down for its own benefit
JULY 17, 2014

Let's hear it for cricket's capriciousness

Sankaran Krishna: The game's idiosyncrasies can lead to plenty of talking points, but they also add thrill to the outcome
JULY 06, 2014

Time to enforce Law 24

Kartikeya Date: If umpires are allowed to judge every delivery on its merits, the problem of throwing can be solved
JUNE 17, 2014

Time to dump the coin toss?

Stuart Wark: Let the home team prepare the kind of pitch they want but let the visitors decide whether to bat or field first on it
JUNE 04, 2014

Sri Lanka in England 2014

England should apologise for mankading, not SL

An editorial in the Guardian says Sri Lanka's mankading of Jos Buttler was well within the rule books, and so it should be England who apologise for the incident, not the visitors.

In the words of Sir Donald Bradman: "If not, why is the provision there which enables the bowler to run him out? By backing up too far or too early, the non-striker is very obviously gaining an unfair advantage." If it's good enough for the Don, it should be good enough for Alastair Cook. It's England who should apologise.

MARCH 27, 2014

The white-line crime

Michael Jeh: Officials spend precious time scrutinising bowlers' foot faults but ignore it when non-strikers gain unfair head starts
MARCH 24, 2014

Why T20 is a disfigured caricature of cricket

Kartikeya Date: Scaling the contest down to 20 overs without changing the rules only leads to a grotesque imbalance between bat and ball
JANUARY 22, 2014

When a six is not enough

Nicholas Hogg: How long before the mighty heave that clears the stadium is awarded more than half a dozen runs?
JANUARY 16, 2014

How does one measure T20 proficiency?

Russell Jackson: The traditional data range of cricket statistics is far too narrow and its focus sometimes irrelevant to the requirements of the shortest format
NOVEMBER 13, 2013

Why the new fielding restrictions in ODIs are a good idea

Kartikeya Date: Bowlers who err go for boundaries and bowlers who are consistent challenge batsmen to take risks
NOVEMBER 07, 2013

Outsource the tampering

Krishna Kumar: There has been enough talk about looking kindly on tampering, but what if it was done off the field?
OCTOBER 23, 2013

Eight ways to empower bowlers in ODIs

V Ramnarayan: If we don't want limited-overs cricket to turn into one-sided massacres, we need to change some rules and encourage attacking fields
MAY 28, 2013

The case for forced player rotation in the IPL

Sourav Kumar, India: Capping the number of league games a player can appear in will add interesting, new dynamics to the IPL
APRIL 17, 2013

Of unwritten laws and moral compasses

Jon Hotten: Cricket's relationship with its rules is a constantly evolving flirtation, unlike in golf, say, where things are more cut and dried
FEBRUARY 16, 2013

Time to rethink the LBW law?

Nilesh Jain: The LBW law has achieved the same place in cricket that the offside rule has in football - just watch a fan explaining either of them to someone else
DECEMBER 19, 2012

Cricket's quirky rules that defy logic

Aakash Chopra: When GB Shaw said "the golden rule is that there are no golden rules", it made for marvellous lyrics
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