The hitting overlords: a glimpse into the future of T20s

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The hitting overlords: a glimpse into T20s future

The 2024 edition of the IPL has seen hitters step up to a new level – with 200-plus totals becoming routine and 200-plus chases being achieved too. Is this an inflection point for the format? And how should we be talking about the sport if this is the new normal?

Talking Points:

  • Why has this IPL seen a sudden jump in totals?
  • Has the impact-player rule played a significant role in raising totals?
  • Have teams found more hitters to accomodate in the XIs?
  • Jake Fraser-McGurk – the prototypical T20 hitter
  • The effect of non-capped Indian players like Abhishek Sharma, Ashutosh Sharma
  • Why Dhoni bats so late in the game: the effect of platooning
  • What does it mean when you wish for a balance between bat and ball in T20s?
  • Why higher scores suggest the hitters are more in control of their shot-making


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

Ashoka (@ABVan)

Karthikeya Date (@cricketingview) | Substack | ESPNcricinfo


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  • Hitting v Batting: the choice that dictates the shape of a T20 contest – 81allout podcast
  • What’s the deal with T20 bowling? – 81allout podcast
  • Jake Fraser-McGurk, the ideal T20 batter – Sidharth Monga – ESPNcricinfo
  • How Do International Cricketers Do At The IPL? – Kartikeya Date – Cricketingview

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