Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should look into the advantage the teams got while batting second in the recently-concluded T20 World Cup 2021. While many have opined how the toss plays a significant role, former India head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun have also shared their views on the advantages teams batting second have got in the mega event.
While there wasn’t much dew in the final, Sunil Gavaskar said that the ICC needs to make sure about the playing field for both teams as well.
Speaking on Sports Today, the 72-year-old said: “The commentators were saying that the dew factor wasn’t there today so I don’t think it really came into play that much in this game but I think it has in the previous games and maybe that is something that needs to be looked at.”
Gavaskar continued: “But you may also say that if the group matches are played at the same time then why change for the knockouts. But again, I feel that it is something for the ICC Cricket Committee to get their heads around and make sure that there is a level playing field for both teams.”
Notably, out of the 45 matches played in the T20 World Cup, in 20 matches, the teams who batted second have won the encounter. Moreover, the Dubai International Cricket Stadium where the final between Australia and New Zealand took place, hosted 13 games and out of the 12 matches were won by the teams batting second. Even, Australia too won the final while chasing and they reached the target with one over in hand. With this, they have won their maiden men’s T20 World Cup title as well.
“I think Mitchell Marsh played an extraordinary innings, David Warner has been playing well for the last few matches. New Zealand would have wanted to get him more than Aaron Finch but they didn’t get him and here we are. They won with six (seven) balls to spare. Maxwell and Marsh at the crease, those balls could have gone for 20 runs as well,” Sunil Gavaskar concluded.