Tendulkar sparks debate over two new-balls in ODIs; Kohli says it’s ‘brutal’ for bowlers


MUMBAI: Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar sparked a debate over two new-balls in One Day Internationals (ODIs) calling it a “perfect recipe disaster”.

Criticising International Cricket Council (ICC) decision to use two new balls during ODI, the batting legend tweeted: “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.

Supporting his once-arch rival, Waqar Younis said: “Reason why we don’t produce many attacking fast bowlers. They all very defensive in their approach…always looking for changeups..totally agree with you ” reverse swing has almost vanished..

Meanwhile, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli called it “brutal” for bowlers stating: “I think it’s brutal for the bowlers. I have played ODI cricket when there was only one new ball allowed and reverse swing used to be a massive factor in the latter half of the innings, which I think as a batsman was more challenging”.