“Two new balls is a perfect recipe for disaster,” warns Sachin Tendulkar

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The scoreboard was on fire during the England vs Australia ongoing series. The likes of Roy, Bairstow and Hales are knocking the ball with ease to register massive tallies on the board. England, recently, registered an all-time highest ODI total on the board and then chased the tally of over 300 with ease. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar points out an interesting change.

Sachin Tendulkar who took to Twitter after the 4th ODI between England and Australia added saying that the officials should look after the two new balls for each innings. He furtherly mentioned that the bowlers aren’t getting the reverse swing in the death overs which is making the life easier for batsmen to tonk the bowlers all over the park.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar (image source: Hindustantimes.com via PTI)

His tweet read “Having 2 new balls in one day cricket is a perfect recipe for disaster as each ball is not given the time to get old enough to reverse. We haven’t seen reverse swing, an integral part of the death overs, for a long time. #ENGvsAUS,” Tendulkar wrote.

The concept of two new balls in ODIs, wherein the bowling team would get fresh balls from each end, was introduced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2011. Though the concept has been fruitful in its initial stages, it became a burden for the fast bowlers in the death overs thus making the batsmen score easier with no reverse swing.

While initial reasoning behind the move was to give the faster bowlers something more to work with as the shine would remain for longer on the balls, it has turned into a nightmare for fast bowlers, who have been unable to get any reverse swing post the 40th over.

However, it would be interesting to see whether International Cricket Council members will consider the observation made by Sachin Tendulkar.

Here is his tweet: