Bengaluru, Mar 14: With an incredible twenty three (23) 300-plus totals, three scores of 400-plus runs, ICC World Cup 2015 has already set record for number of runs and hundreds scored, more than in the entire 2007 competition.
Is this big hitting all about change in pitches in host nations, small boundaries, easing of fielding restrictions, or is there is something more?
Cricket pundits are of the opinion that the big, lengthy and heavy bats may be the reason for such huge scoring games in World Cup.
As per International Cricket Council (ICC) rules, the length of the bat may be no more than 38 inches (965 mm) and the width no more than 4.25 inches (108 mm).
Prior to the beginning of the 2015 World Cup, there was a lot of talk and discussion in ICC of placing limitations on the depth of a bat to begin to restore the balance between batsman and bowler.
ICC chief David Richardson was quoted as saying that ICC will look at placing limitations "on the depth of a bat in particular" saying the larger size of modern bats favour batsmen.
But the very next day, ICC came out saying that they do not have immediate plans to restrict on the depth of a bat and added that they need to consult with the bat manufacturers, whether any attempts to limit the size and the depth of the bats will be effective.
400 has become the new 300: Some highlights of WC 2015:
- More hundreds in this tournament than in the entire 2007 competition
- Twenty three 300-plus team totals
- Three scores in excess of 400
- Highest ever World Cup score
- World Cup's first double century
What is more in the offing in WC 2015? A team score of 500? A triple hundred?