Since the Shorter format of the game was introduced decades back, cricket developed rapidly as a fast and highly unpredictable game. The sport was unpredictable since long, but the degree of 'Unpredictability' heightened largely in present times. The primary reason of which, is the changing approach of cricketers to win a match. This approach is convoluted with their propensity to take risks throughout deliveries, fielding and the control over their own actions on the pitch. An apparent aspect of modern cricket that can be also attributed to this changed approach of cricketers is the exponential increase of runs in individual matches.
300 has become the new 400 in ODI cricket and high run rate per over has become a satisfactory facet from being a desirable one, which it was before the advent of T20s. On the other hand, expectations of spectators and increasing fan bases have augmented the demand of more thrill in live matches. The materialization of shorter format T20 boosted not only the popularity of cricket, but also induced a vigor into the game. Batsmen now need to pull up scores higher to near about 200 or even run pass the mark in twenty over games to expect victory. However, the 'victory mark' itself has been augmenting as players are setting their foothold in short T20s.
Especially in T20 matches, it have become a mandate for batsmen to strike every single delivery and maintain at least a ball by ball run rate. In this format, batsmen are on a natural pressure if the run rate is below 4 consecutively for two overs. In 2013, the record high run rate of 13.15 was achieved by Royal Challenger Bangalore on an Indian Premier League match. Following the figure, is the rate of 13 per over by Sri Lanka against Kenya in T20 World Cup 2007.
Modern batsmen are prone to taking risk displaying decent bravados while steering the wicket at T20s. The same vigor is reflected in ODI matches that has, in return, made the game faster fitted with closely packed doubles, boundaries and sixes. With players like AB de Villiers, who have been the fastest runner between wickets, quick singles have transformed into quick doubles. In modern cricket, to smash a pull up boundary or an open handed six, players hardly wait to observe bowling patterns for long. Earlier, a batsman was predictable on the next big hit, as stances of 'utilizing the gaps' on fielding or the wait for an easy bowl were quite apparent. Now modern batsmen seem to decide a knock after a delivery reaches midway down the pitch. Boundaries and batting explosions appear from the beginning of a match and on deliveries of new bowlers.
Cricketers like Kohli, Khawaja, Gayle, Rohit Sharma and many others are brutal in their approach to amass runs. They do not seem to ponder over losing their wickets on the cost of smashing deliveries. Furthermore, their attempts are not limited to a particular type of bowling like spin or pace, they just hammer any delivery coming on their way. There are many instances when these players returned to crease leaving less than 10 runs to reach their tons in strictly fewer number of deliveries. Most of such instances happen not because they are under pressure to achieve another century. They lose their wickets because they try to smash a boundary when they should have carefully focus on reaching the 100th run. This abruptly puts front the audacious nature of batsmen that was rare in cricket decades before.
The role of fortitude is substantial in creation of modern batsman. If fact, it has become an attribute of new generation cricketers. The transformation of cricket itself assisted to actualize such aspect and it has added a lot to the positive side of the game. Thus, modern cricket is now about tough face offs, high tallies and valor on the field.
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