starts in
days hours mins

fixtures

All matches

IPL 2019 | Reduce Break Between Innings to Maintain 'Good Habits': AB de Villiers

Cricketnext Staff |April 19, 2019, 9:04 AM IST
IPL 2019 | Reduce Break Between Innings to Maintain 'Good Habits': AB de Villiers

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers has proposed a reduction in the turnover time between innings’ to ensure that IPL games finish within the stipulated three and a half hours.

This season’s IPL has seen matches run well beyond four hours as teams strategise and plot every move of theirs on the field, and de Villiers believes that the IPL needs to ensure that it sticks to “good habits” to keep the tournament “in shape”.

“One easy fix could be to reduce the break between innings from the current 20 minutes to a manageable 10 minutes,” de Villiers wrote in his column for Times of India.

“The umpires might have to drink their cups of tea a little more quickly, but that would save ten minutes without pain. When a super over had been completed to decide the match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders, it felt as if it was time for breakfast.

“There is a system in place whereby the captain is penalised if his team fails to maintain the required over rate while bowling. This involves a fine for the first offence followed by suspension, but the impact of these measures appears minimal, roughly equivalent to the weight loss of an obese gentleman who orders to giant hamburgers and a diet Coke!”

Already this season, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma have been fined for their teams’ inability to maintain the over-rate, and stricter punishments like deduction from net run-rate, larger fines and point deductions have been proposed as well.

But de Villiers has said that “the competition should not be distorted”, and that a “less draconian approach may be more effective.”

“Just as an individual needs to eat a little less and exercise a little more to stay in shape, so everybody involved in the IPL needs to accept collective responsibility for the problem and embrace steps to keep the game moving. We’re all in this together.

“Umpires can keep an eye on the clock, making captains and bowlers aware as soon as they slip behind the pace, and everybody can take responsibility for chivying each other along, taking less time to talk, running instead of walking, hurrying along,” he wrote.

Related stories

Also Watch

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
2
AUS
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
6 4 2 0 8 +1.45
5
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
6
BAN
6 2 3 1 5 -0.40
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
6 0 6 0 0 -1.71

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
see more