Cricket News: While the limited-overs game has certainly aided in the evolution of batters’ shots in all forms of the game, there is enough evidence to show that batters today are more comfortable playing attacking strokes, taking the aerial route to go for the big shot even if a fielder is placed there than they were a few decades ago.
Another example occurred during a Vijay Hazare Trophy match between Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, when veteran cricketer and World Cup winner with Team India Piyush Chawla picked up the length of the ball early, danced down the track, and blasted a six over the ropes.
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The match was held at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, and Chawla’s innings came at a crucial time for the side, which was struggling in the run chase after Himachal set a goal of 311 runs and lost five wickets for 50 runs. Chawla, a senior leg spinner with a batting average of 106.56, hit 65 runs off 61 deliveries at a strike rate of 106.56. His century, however, was unable to help his team win the match, as the Het Patel-led side lost by 97 runs.
Himachal Pradesh had already recorded a total of over 300, which was more than enough on the day, thanks to contributions from Prashant Chopra (73 from 83 balls), Amit Kumar (72 from 62 balls), and captain Rishi Dhawan (57 from 36 balls).
Chintan Gaja was the pick of the Gujarat bowlers, taking four wickets but conceding 71 runs in his ten overs. Chawla was even more efficient with the ball, taking two wickets for 57 runs.
Only Bhargav Merai, other from Chawla, could break the 50-run barrier in the second innings, scoring 50 runs off 70 balls while wickets dropped all around him. The tail attempted to wag, but the upper order had given them a lot to do in this game.
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