A staunch critic of the ICC’s four-fielder theory which has led to regular run-riots in one-dayers, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the current rule should be changed as it heavily favours batsmen.
With lack of a seamer-all-rounder, Dhoni’s struggle was evident on Thursday when his fifth bowler — left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja — failed to check the flow of runs in the lost World Cup semifinal against South Africa.
Dhoni has time and again made it clear that India’s bowling has been affected by this rule of not having more than four fielders outside the 30-yard circle.
“It’s my personal opinion; I would like them to change it. In the history of cricket, we have not seen double hundreds in ODIs and now in three years’ time you see three double hundreds (actual number is six) being scored,” the Indian captain said.
From India only, there are four double hundreds in ODIs with Rohit Sharma being the owner of two, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag having one each. Among others, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill have scored a double ton each.
“A lot of people might say that a lot of dot balls that are being bowled because of that extra fielder inside. If that’s the case (logic), rather than having the option of keeping fielders outside, you might as well bring all 11 inside the circle to have more dot balls,” Dhoni said taking a dig at the ICC rule with straight face.