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April 12, 2013

Are bowler-friendly pitches good for the IPL?


You finally have a contest between bat and ball, and an opportunity to see tight low-scoring chases, which are more exciting than mindless run-fests.


T20, and especially the IPL, is all about the fours and sixes. The crowd gets their money's worth when teams go past 200, and not when they struggle to 130.


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April 22, 2013, 21:52 GMT


Gone are the days when one thought T20/IPL is a batsman's game. For how long can one feast on a single dish of a particular cuisine? Eventually, the taste buds will ask for something different. It's the same here too, the first couple seasons, it was good to see runs being dominated over wickets; what's the point of buying million $ bowlers in that case? It should always be a balanced competition between wood and leather. In fact, IPL also stressing for helping more domestic players, should actually prepare 150+ pitches which can help our budding talents to get adapted to the conditions when they actually represent the game at the highest level and when they tour other countries like SA, etc. I love Gayle beaten by Steyn as much as the former muscling the latter over the ropes! And lets not forget turning pitches; we have always been spin friendly; it gives immense pleasure to watch the foreign players dance to our spinners' tunes! My money is on equal wood v/s leather contests!

April 21, 2013, 11:15 GMT


T20 should be played on pitches that allow the good bowlers to take wickets, as well as the good batsmen to score runs. now that pitches are more bowler friendly, batsmen are being made to work harder for their runs. this helps improve the quality of batting. now batsmen realize this is no longer a contest between one set of batsmen and another, but rather between bat and ball. one-sided matches can easily dent a team's morale, and the viewers (and that includes me) willingly prefer a closely fought game to a no contest any day.

April 28, 2013, 18:18 GMT


come on i see cricket not for four and sixes. i love the contest between a ball and bat. just bang bang sixes and i change the channel and watch NGC

April 24, 2013, 9:31 GMT


Bowler Friendly pitches in India means normal pitches, as Indian pitches are usually extra batsmen friendly.

April 23, 2013, 7:32 GMT


IPL is played just for the sake of fun & entertainment. So much money is raked in by the Franchisees and want to make money out of it. If you keep the spectators in good humour, you will lot of gate collection and television viewing. If you prepare a pitch just like KOTLA pitch, New Delhi for INDIA Vs AUSTRALIA played recently which lasted just for 3 days (instead of 5days), it will not be a good advertisement for IPL sort of cricket. Fans are coming/ watching IPL or for that matter any T20 match just for the sake of Fun/ Crowd/Dance by Cheerleaders/Music by DJs and Sixes and Fours. Here they don't expect your rudiments of the game. They want some fun/high voltage chases/Superover skirmishes etc., They are not interested in Sledging or other tantrums by Players. Ultimately it is crass commercialisatioon of cricket played by the Bigwigs and promote it as a business with lot of image building of the Franchisees by bringing Celebrities as Ambassadors.

April 22, 2013, 13:30 GMT


Rather than dead slow wickets like eden gardens and concrete road like chinnaswami, the pitch should assist pacers in the initial 6 overs and aid spinners later. There should be even bounce. Only then, Indian batsmen will learn to play bouncers and Indian seamers will have some reason to rejoice. This way seamers wont lose their pace(read irfan pathan,ishant sharma,munaf patel) and India can produce some true fast bowlers like lee,steyn etc instead of "medium fast" bowlers.

April 22, 2013, 13:25 GMT


If you dont want bowler friendly pitches then we can have bowling machines and each team can pick 11 batsmen.

no wonder in india we have mostly batsmen because bowling is looked down on. t20 is spoling cricket.

April 22, 2013, 13:20 GMT


Cricket is a contest between bat and ball. If the pitches can tilt it one way or the other, the contest is meaningless. Moreso in the shortest format of the game. Its critical for the long term success of the format to have more balanced pitches. A 210 min IPL game is a substitute to a 150 min bollywood movie. If the movie is dull and not gripping, why bother watching it. So is IPL. A game that goes to the wire is what I want. I can never forget the last ball six by Miandad at Sharjah ever in my life. If all that the viewer & spectators want is Fours and Sixes, then this country would have adapted to baseball by now. The administrators of the game would realise that too.

As an aside, we could already see that the quality of the pitches have improved in the country over the last few years, either due to IPL or otherwise. Its equally important to have the grounds at right size and shape. Grounds like the one we see in NZ or the ones with very small boundaries would make T20 farcical

April 22, 2013, 12:39 GMT


Yes. This means equal contest between bat and ball and equal contest between all 9 teams in IPL. It does not depend on how long your batting lineup is, the lineup needs to be technically strong (Am a very strong CSK fan!!) Moreover, low scoring thrillers make it more interesting to watch than high scoring thrillers. Since in the high scoring ones, you know that the team chasing would definitely win because the pitch is so flat and bowlers can do nothing on it. Loving these 120-140 score-thrillers in this IPL.

May 5, 2013, 5:32 GMT


I want team making 250 and they still not sure wheather they will win or not.