‘Increase the size of the boundary’ – Sunil Gavaskar calls for change amid batters’ rampage in IPL 2024

Written by Praveen CA

IPL 2024 has been marked by the massive amount of runs scored in the initial phase of the season as teams have breached the 200-run mark over ten times in the first half of the season.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have been particularly dangerous with the bat, have taken T20 batting to the next level having posted totals in excess of the 250-run mark thrice this season already.

SRH demonstrated the carnage they are capable of against Delhi Capitals on Saturday as they smashed 266 runs in 20 overs thanks to openers Travis Head, and Abhishek Sharma and a half-century from Shahbaz Ahmed to close the inning out.

On the back of such high-scoring performances that have come by this season, legendary Indian player Sunil Gavaskar opined that the boundary sizes needed to be increased so as to give bowlers some help.

“I wouldn’t suggest any changes to a cricket bat because they are all within regulations,” the legendary batter began.

“But I have been saying this for a long time, increase the size of the boundary at every ground,” he asserted.

The 74-year-old suggested that pushing the boundaries a bit further, be it a couple of metres, could prove to be the difference between a boundary and a wicket.

“Look at this ground today, there is enough space to take it back a little more by a couple of metres. It can often prove to be the difference between a catch and a sixer,” he elucidated.

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