The IPL 2024 Run Fest: A Call to ‘Save the Bowlers’

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In a recent high-scoring  IPL 2024 match, the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) combined to score over 520 runs, leading to veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin sending a ‘save the bowlers’ SOS to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). This game has sparked a debate on whether the IPL is becoming a batter’s paradise at the expense of bowlers.

The Record-Breaking Match

Save the bowlers: R Ashwin reacts to record-breaking KKR vs PBKS run-fest  in Kolkata - India Today

The match in question saw PBKS chase down KKR’s mammoth total of 261 runs, marking the highest chase in T20 cricket history. Jonny Bairstow’s century and significant contributions from Prabhsimran Singh and Shashank Singh led PBKS to victory with eight balls to spare.

Ashwin’s Plea for Bowlers

Save the bowlers' - Ravichandran Ashwin tweets emergency message after KKR  vs PBKS sees unbelievable run-fest

Amidst the run fest, Ashwin took to social media to express his concern for the bowlers, stating, “Save the bowlers, someone please,” followed by SOS emojis. His comments reflect a growing sentiment that the balance between bat and ball is tilting unfavorably towards the batters.

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The Impact Player Rule Controversy

IPL 2024| Most runs ever in a T20 match: RCB vs SRH Bengaluru run-fest  enters IPL history books - India Today

The introduction of the Impact Player rule, allowing teams to substitute a player during a match, has been met with mixed reactions. Critics argue that it has contributed to the high scores and reduced the role of bowlers to mere spectators.

The ‘Worst IPL’ Tag IPL 2024

The hashtag ‘worst IPL’ began trending after the match, with fans and pundits alike questioning the direction in which the league is heading. The sentiment is that the excitement of the game is being overshadowed by flat pitches and rules that heavily favor batters

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