IPL in UAE: When bowlers flourished in T20 cricket, for a change

When the contest between bat and ball is close, cricket is almost always the biggest winner. And in the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League, bowlers have screamed out their presence and relevance in contemporary cricket.

updated: April 28, 2014 18:12 IST
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Just when T20 cricket was firmly 'branded' as a batsman's game, spinners and pacers in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League have stepped up and forced all to think again. True, the quality of bowling in the seventh edition of IPL has been of a high standard. The contribution of pitches in UAE though cannot be discounted.

Consider this. Till the 15th match -- Kings XI Punjab against Kolkata Knight Riders -- 3438 deliveries were bowled of which 39.47% were dots. Another 46.28% fetched between one and three runs. Till this match, a total of 138 sixes were hit which appears significantly lesser than the 731 hit from 75 matches in 2012 (146 per 15 matches on a rough estimate). That the likes of Glenn Maxwell (17 sixes) and David Miller (10 sixes) have lit up the night sky then seems rather pale when compared to how bowlers have stepped up in IPL 7.

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