Friday, September 15, 2006

Duckworth Lewis System in One Dayers Needs Revisiting

I heard on the radio this morning that in a three nation one-day tournament being held in Malaysia between Australia, India and the West Indies that Sachin Tedulkar made 141 not out in his teams total of 5/309. Rain affected the match with the Windies scoring 2/141 and winning!!

Doesn't make a lot of sense does it? A great batsmen has a great knock, as much as the opposition scores, and his side still loses. Not a lot of justice there. Perhaps cricket to be played inside so that the weather doesn't affect matches and fairer results are possible.

There has been talk on more expert sites about how 20/20 matches are affecting one-dayers where the Duckworth/Lewis system is imposed. I can't help but think that the batsmen are getting on top in limited overs matches whereas 10-15 years ago maybe the ball dominated the bat. Batsmen are far more savvy these days and getting used to chasing totals quickly.

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