Two new balls in ODIs is recipe for disaster: Sachin

By PTI Published on Jun 22, 2018 03:34 PM IST

Former Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar(R) and Sourav Ganguly gesture during the inauguration of the Fanatic Sports Museum in Kolkata on January 29, 2017.
Sachin Tendulkars 100th century gloves along with other memorabilia, Indian badminton player PV Sindhus Olympic silver medal and winning jersey are among the exhibits at the sports museum. / AFP / Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

New Delhi: Concerned by a spate of run fests recently, Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has criticised the use of two new balls in ODIs, saying it is a perfect recipe for disaster.

Mostly a reticent commentator, Tendulkar shared his point of view after watching England batsmen go on a rampage against Australia in the last two ODIs. '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,' Tendulkar tweeted from his official handle.

England posted a world record 481 for 6 against Australia in the third ODI, bettering their own record of 444 vs Pakistan. In the next ODI, England chased down a target of 312 inside 45 overs. Tendulkar's view was endorsed by Pakistan's legendary master of reverse swing Waqar Younis. 'Reason why we don't produce many attacking fast bowlers..They all very defensive in their approach...always looking for change ups..totally agree with you @sachin_rt reverse swing is almost vanished,' Younis tweeted in response Tendulkar.

The ICC had introduced two new balls from two ends after amending it's playing rules back in October 2011. Interestingly, BCCI was one board that protested the move questioning the diminishing role of spinners due to this new rule tweak. However, ICC has stuck to it in its efforts to make the game batsman-friendly.