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Hell For Leather

A batsman’s game cricket has always been, but its rules have never skewered bowlers more

Hell For Leather
Illustration by Ashish Bagchi
Hell For Leather
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Bowlers On Leash

  • Pitches started being covered, making it easier for batsmen
  • No-ball rule changed, front foot (instead of back foot) has to touch popping crease at delivery
  • Helmets introduced
  • Restrictions on field placements, on overs bowled by bowlers in shorter versions
  • Limit of fielders behind square to two from the 1980s
  • Limit on bouncers
  • Pitches became flatter in odis
  • Strict restrictions on wide balls, especially down leg-side
    Shorter boundaries
  • Rapid development in bats
  • Free hit introduced
  • Powerplays: Field restrictions in 20 overs instead of 15

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The rage of the bowler is very real, built on years of being an essential, but in popular estimation a lesser practitioner of the sport. Bowlers start as merely the instigators of the main event—the completion of...

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