HYDERABAD: In what needs to be music to Virat Kohli‘s ears, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar says the current Indian Test team is the best in the history of Indian cricket. Gavaskar has additionally backed Kohli‘s view on the ‘delicate sign’, lauding the BCCI for taking out the rule this IPL.
Kohli was vocal in his stand towards the ‘delicate sign’ in the latest sequence towards England. “The soft signal becomes that important and it becomes tricky. These are decisions can change the course of the game, especially in big games. We were on the receiving side today, and tomorrow it could be some other team,” Kohli had mentioned after the fourth T20I.
Delivering the inaugural ML Jaisimha lecture on Monday, Gavaskar, who received emotional and broke down twice recounting the final moments he spent with Jaisimha on July 7, 1999, mentioned that BCCI should’ve been requested by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to see the way it works on the home degree.
“Probably if it works out, they may make it a permanent fixture,” he mentioned.
Gavaskar additionally mentioned that the sport in its present kind is closely tilted in favour of batsmen. “The boundaries should be made bigger. I remember when we were playing in Sharjah batsmen like Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Clive Lloyd were caught on the boundary. Now, even mishits are sailing over. So if we make the boundaries slightly bigger, it’ll be better for the bowlers.”
He additionally advocated a greater have a look at the bouncer rule in restricted overs cricket. “It’s a weapon for the bowler. Like a wide is judged, so should the bouncer before it’s called a wide lest bowlers will not use that option. That allowance should be made.”
Gavaskar additionally needed no further runs to be given to the batsman if a fielder results a direct hit and the ball ricochets – recognise the fielder’s effort and name it a lifeless ball – and penalise runs for team not lax over-fee.