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May 14, 2013

Is the four-over-per-bowler limit imposed in T20s fair?


Four overs is a fifth of a T20 innings, and it is fair to expect a team to field at least five bowlers in their line-up. Bowlers have managed to pick up four- and five-wicket hauls quite regularly in T20s, proving that four overs is sufficient for them to make an impact.


A four-over burst doesn't constitute a spell. It doesn't allow strike bowlers to fully express themselves and influence results, especially in low-scoring games. There is no limit on how many balls a batsman can face, and it's only fair that bowlers aren't saddled with unnatural restrictions either.


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May 15, 2013, 19:37 GMT


I think the current rule is just fine. The idea is to have at least 5 bowlers bowl in an inning, and there is a reason for that. Otherwise, teams with 1 or 2 great bowlers have a big advantage. You can say that a batsman is not given a limit, but I don't think that's a fair argument- because compared to a bowler, a batsman cannot make as many mistakes. On a given day, all it takes is one mistake for a batsman to get out. Hence a batsman has to be more time, otherwise it is unfair.

May 23, 2013, 1:17 GMT


it is fair u cant have some bowlers bowling more. it would be too confusing

May 21, 2013, 20:28 GMT


What is the other option - give 20 overs to one bowler? The Dale Styne will bowl all 20 overs for Sunrisers, Hyderabad.

May 21, 2013, 6:43 GMT

Anwar uz

It is a very fair deal. No need to change it. It is a batsman's game and the people loves 6s and 4s, though they don't mind the occasional 4wk and 5wk by good bowling.

May 18, 2013, 8:18 GMT


Very Very fair. A batsman can get out and he's done with his innings. Malinga can still make mistakes in his first two overs(equivalent to getting out) and come and win the match in the 18th and the 20th

May 17, 2013, 14:01 GMT


Batsmen can get out in 1 ball(without even facing a ball also) however bowler can be bowled out only when he bowls two beamers or when his 4 over limit is done. So it is fair enough to have limit on the overs bowled.

May 16, 2013, 18:12 GMT


YES. We always talk about balance between batting and bowling. This is the only way to make it happen else the teams will tend to get only 3 bowlers and make the games looks more biased. Even with this limitation, we see lot of the so called all-rounders come in to bowl couple of bowlers and the captian is finding right time to quickly get through them. Lets leave it as 1/5 of the quota for each bowler.

May 16, 2013, 18:11 GMT


Four overs is enough because every team needs to be balanced with 6 batsman and 5 bowlers including allrounders ,because similar norm is followed in one-dayers as well and allowing more overs to one particular bowler will take the seen away from high scoring matches.So a four over limit will give equal oppurtunity to both bowlers and batsman.

May 19, 2013, 9:47 GMT


As it has been mostly a Batsmen game,to balance that Five Overs will be better.

May 17, 2013, 12:57 GMT


For the numbers of overs available. It could be tweaked to allow four bowlers 5 overs or 5 bowlers 4 overs. Thus gives captains the choice make depending on how the game is going on.