One of the best pairs in ODI cricket Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly expressed on Twitter that they could have scored 4000 more runs with new rules that exist in modern-day ODI cricket!
India’s legendary pair made a total of 8227 runs at an average of 47.55. They were involved in a career-best partnership of 258. Both have been involved in many big partnerships that helped Men in Blue win matches. The BCCI president also said that he could have also scored 4000 runs more if the new rules have applied then. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar were well equipped off playing in all conditions which made them one of the greatest pairs in ODI cricket.
In the new rules, only two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle in the first 10 overs. From 11-40 overs, four fielders are allowed. In the last 10 overs, five fielders are allowed outside the circle. With the field restrictions applied, the scores of 300 plus or even 400 are easily touched with aggressive stroke play, shorter boundaries, and big bats.
“This brings back wonderful memories Dadi. How many more do you think we would’ve been able to score with the restriction of four fielders outside the ring and two new balls?” tweeted Tendulkar.
With the two new balls available, there is no swing for the bowlers which makes the life of the batsmen extremely comfortable. The modern-day batsmen are not afraid of hitting boundaries right from word go.
Every team has top quality opening pairs in ODI cricket now. The quality of bowling in ODI cricket has gone down.
Sachin Tendulkar faced some top-quality bowling which included Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis. He finished as the leading run-getter in ODI cricket with 18426 runs from 463 matches (452 innings) with 49 centuries and 96 half-centuries.
His opening partner Sourav Ganguly made a total of 11363 from 311 matches (300 innings) which included 22 centuries and 72 half-centuries. The legendary pair had taken World Cricket by storm with some outstanding partnerships.
Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar were involved in a heartbreaking loss in the finals of the 2003 World Cup. Finally, Sachin got his hands on the World Cup by winning the 2011 edition at home after a gap of 28 years.