Sachin Tendulkar had started the debate of the harsh treatment the fast bowlers are getting in limited overs cricket thanks to rules that tilt the game in favor of batsmen. Sachin’s words came after England hit Australia for 481, the highest ODI score ever.
Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, "Having 2 new balls in one day cricket is a perfect recipe for disaster as each ball is not given the time to get old enough to reverse. We haven't seen the reverse swing, an integral part of the death overs, for a long time." Sachin also received support from Pakistani great fast bowler Waqar Younis.
Speaking at a press conference before India's departure to Ireland and England, Kohli showed similar thoughts, "I've read a lot of things about two new balls and I agree it's brutal for the bowlers. There's hardly any room for attacking cricket left from a bowler's point of view if you do not provide pitches that assist them with the new ball."
"I have played ODI cricket when there was only one new ball allowed and reverse swing used to be a massive factor in the later half of the innings which as a batsman was more challenging. Nowadays, I honestly feel that yeah it's very difficult for the bowlers with two new balls and if the pitch is flat they have no way out. Unless you have wrist spinners in your team which can do the job in the middle overs. Not every team has that cushion so they find it difficult," Kohli added.
Kohli believes Indian bowlers will have an advantage over England attack in England, "If the pitches are similar to what you get all over the world, which is for shorter formats being batting friendly, and people want to see runs and all that. What's been the difference with us is the 2 X-factors [Chahal, Kuldeep] in the middle overs. We've actually been able to create flat wickets into exciting ones because of our variety. From that point of view, I'm very excited to see these guys bowling in conditions that might not assist them so much. But it's the skill in the wrist that did the job in South Africa, and I'm sure teams are thinking about it.”
"When it's a full 50 over the game, you cannot go that hard for 20 overs in a row. They can get you out in any particular over. They give the fast bowlers the freedom to attack even more," Kohli said.