New Delhi, Sept 7: India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has come up with a hilarious 'tennis ball' solution to curb the ever increasing dominance of batsmen in Twenty20 games.
Australia created world record in Twenty20 Internationals after opener Glenn Maxwell blasted a 65-ball 145 not out to help the side post a world record 263/3 in 20 overs in their 1st T20I against Sri Lanka last night (September 6). This was the highest ever T20I score.
Setting a mammoth target of 264 runs, Australia won the match by 85 runs against the hosts. Maxwell smashed 9 sixes and 14 fours in his brilliant knock.
This is now the joint highest total in T20 cricket, equalling Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) 263/5 against Pune Warriors in Indian Premier League (IPL) in Bengaluru in 2013. In that game, Chris Gayle had hit 175 not out.
Immediately after Maxwell's exploits with the bat, cricket experts once again pitied the bowlers who feel dejected and literally have nothing much to do, for the shorter format favours the batsmen.
Senior cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter to wonder what will be the next target of batsmen in the T20s and even felt sorry over bowlers' pitiable conditions.
"Back 10 overs 153? 100 partnership in 39 balls? Maxwell 145(65)? Head's 45 at a better SR? Total 263. What next? Bowler anyone?," tweeted Bhogle.
Back 10 overs 153? 100 partnership in 39 balls? Maxwell 145(65)? Head's 45 at a better SR? Total 263. What next? Bowler anyone?— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 6, 2016
R Aswhin replied to Bhogle's remarks in his own hilarious way and suggested 'tennis ball' solution.
"4 overs of bowling power play, 2 of which can be bowled with a tennis ball and 2 with the bowling machine operated by a bowler," tweeted Ashwin.
@bhogleharsha 4 overs of bowling power play,2 of which can be bowled with a tennis ball and 2 with the bowling machine operated by a bowler🙏— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) September 7, 2016
To Ashwin's witty response Bhogle equated former with former India batsman Virender Sehwag, who has developed a knack coming up with funny oneliners.
"@ashwinravi99 Ah, like @virendersehwag, twitter skill to go with cricket skills!," tweeted Bhogle.
Even former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar felt skeptical over prospects of bowlers.
"@ashwinravi99 @bhogleharsha nothing stopping the bowlers from going on strike - Unfavourable working conditions," tweeted the former right-handed batsman.