Dhoni: High-scoring ODIs boring

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Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants to see rules for one-day internationals relaxed to prevent matches from becoming “boring”.

Fielding restrictions and the use of two new balls in ODIs have seen batsmen dominate more in recent years, most notably with a rise in double hundreds being scored.

At the 2015 Cricket World Cup, the International Cricket Council permits a maximum of four fielders outside of the 30-yard circle for the majority of the innings, with a maximum of three allowed during the second powerplay.

Several ODI run-scoring records have been broken of late, with New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and West Indies’ Chris Gayle blasting scores of 237 not out and 215 respectively in the current tournament.

And Dhoni, whose side conceded 328 to Australia in their 95-run semi-final defeat on Thursday, told a press conference: “It’s my personal opinion, I would like them (the rules) to change.

“The main essence of ODI cricket is how you bat from the 15th over onwards until maybe the 35th over. The first 10 and the last 10 doesn’t matter, it’s more like a T20.

“But the real essence of ODI cricket is how you bat in the middle overs. You have to make sure that it’s still there present in the game, and I feel the rules are slightly harsh.

“In the history of cricket we have not seen 200s; in three years’ time you see three 200s being scored. Let’s not make the 50-over game like a T20 game because I feel even a lot of sixes and a lot of fours also makes it very boring.”

Another issue of potential change for India and Dhoni could be in relation to coach Duncan Fletcher, whose contract was expected to last until the end of the World Cup.

Former England coach Fletcher’s position has been under scrutiny ever since World Cup winner Ravi Shastri was appointed team director last year following India’s Test series defeat to England.

With India’s World Cup exit now confirmed, Dhoni was asked about Fletcher’s contract discussions, but he said: ” This will be between Duncan and the BCCI.

“We have spent a lot of time with him. We have seen a lot of ups and downs. His technical knowledge is outstanding. About cricket, about batting and bowling, he has a lot of technical knowledge.

“I really enjoyed his company. He’s a little old-school, slightly different. But overall, I felt he had a tough job because all of our seniors had left and our juniors he had to work with.

“It was tough for him but with his experience he took everything in his stride, which I feel was important. So that’s what I want to say, that I enjoyed his company, (he is) slightly different to the other coaches I’ve been with, but a good man.”

Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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