Cricket bats getting better, ball remains the same: Why Sachin Tendulkar feels sorry for bowlers

As we have seen in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), cricket bats are getting bigger and better, making it a hard game for the bowlers on most days. And cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, who used to be a bowler's nightmare in his heydays, agrees.

The IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the former's new 'home stadium' in Vizag did not go the home team's way, with a massive 85-run loss as well as the lack of support from the crowd.

Mumbai Indians mentor Sachin Tendulkar in dugout . BCCI

Mumbai Indians mentor Sachin Tendulkar in dugout . BCCI


With majority of stadium rooting for the state's team, SRH, Mumbai must have missed the electric atmosphere and incessant support they receive at their fortress Wankhede. But one thing remained constant - the rousing cheer for batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

The Mumbai Indians' mentor was present in the dugout to support the team, but his presence seemed to inspire the opponents with Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan and Ashish Nehra putting up a spectacular performance to rout MI.

On the sidelines, Tendulkar spoke to the commentators about Mumbai's batting and the importance of partnerships. But what stood out was SRT's comments on how T20 has increasingly become a batsman's game.

When Ravi Shastri asked him if he still went around the dressing room examining other players' bats, Sachin laughed and answered that in the affirmative.

"I have been checking out everyone's bats and the bats have changed in the last two and a half years," he said, referring to his retirement in 2013, "they are looking bigger."

He elaborated on the impact these bigger bats will have on the game saying, "even if you don't get in the middle of the bat, you are still able to clear the boundary lines and its fabulous."


However, Tendulkar also felt sorry for the bowlers who are on the receiving end of these changed bats.

"Sometimes I feel sorry for bowlers. The bats are getting better and better day by day but there isn't much done to a cricket ball," he said.

The master who has tormented many a bowler also suggested that it's time to for some evolution of cricket ball as well.

"It has been the same for years now, maybe it's time to look at that," he concluded.

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Published Date: May 10, 2016 12:37 pm | Updated Date: May 10, 2016 12:37 pm



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