Until the advent of IPL, players from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand etc used to have problems while facing slow bowlers, but that does not seem to be the case at present. Most of the IPL matches are played on slow pitches, which just help these players improve upon their game. These players also get first hand account from Indian players, who are born and brought up playing in such conditions, as to how exactly should they cope with such bounce and spin. The results are for everyone to see – all players are on even ground when they play against one another.
It is not only the batsmen who have benefited from the IPL alone, the bowlers have also learnt the difficult skill of bowling with new variations, which includes the importance of yorkers, change in pace, slow bouncers, just to name a few. Most of the faster bowlers who bowled at fierce pace have noticed how lack of pace in their variety adds a trick up their sleeve. Many say that the shortest format of the game, T20 is a batsman's game, but the bowlers equally play an important role in bringing positive results for the respective teams.
Playing in the sub-continent (Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India) for foreign teams was always considered to be one of the toughest jobs in international cricket. The IPL has changed the scheme of things now. Things are evenly poised with most of the national cricketers from different nations continuing their trade in the IPL. These players play a minimum of around 10 matches in the IPL with the season lasting for around two months. During this span, even if they do not play in the starting 11 for their respective franchises, they get to practice with good spinners on such tracks and their discussion with other players about playing in such conditions only helps the cricketer.
If we notice the cricketers of the current generation, they are more comfortable playing in such spin friendly tracks, as they have understood how these pitches behave after the ball pitches, which is a very important criterion. Cricket teams when they come to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are very comfortable playing on the low and slow pitches. The BCCI needs to learn a lesson from it, as the Indian players have always found it tough to play against the rising balls in alien conditions in South Africa, Australia and England. They need to send the Indian cricketers to play in the KFC T20 league in Australia, where players from different countries come and play – improving upon their style of play in the fast and bouncy pitches abroad. It is only going to help India and the sport overall.
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