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Prakash Bansal, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
There was once a time in the cricketing world when a score of 300+ was implicitly considered to be a victory for the batting team. Many a times, the opponent team, while chasing such targets collapsed like a pack of cards succumbing to the pressure created by such total.
In the recently concluded ODI series between India and Australia, this trend seems to fade away. In almost every inning 300+ runs were scored. To everyone’s surprise these totals were easily chased down by the opponents too. The fact that out of the 6 centuries scored by the Indian batsmen only one came in the winning cause, shows us the amount of runs scored in the series. It also depicts the change in the mindset of players who believe that everything can be chased down.
A lot many factors can be attributed to this change. One is the improvements in the technology over time. The quality of bats used by the players is much better now. The modified rules, like two new balls being deployed also has a role to play in. Also the biggest factor that I see is that with the advent of T20 cricket no score can be called safe now. We have players like Yuvraj who had hit 12 balls 50, Rohit Sharma scoring 264 in an ODI. It seems that the upper limit has been pushed to a higher value.
People speculate whether the famous records of Sachin Tendulkar can be broken or not. Well, I believe that with the sort of cricket being played, not even a single record is safe. With the likes of Kohli, De Villiers, Gayle who can break any record on their day, there is actually no limit on what can happen.