Australia opener Aaron Finch has revealed that they were unaware of the new rules introduced in T20 cricket until after the start of Saturday's game and feels that the rules are odd as they hardly influenced the game. India opener Shikhar Dhawan also admitted to being oblivious to the new rules.
Aaron Finch was the only performer in the Australia side on Saturday who churned out respectable batting display in an otherwise poor performance by the Kangaroos. The explosive batsman also revealed that the introduction of the new set of rules, which were unknown to them until the fifth over, didn’t help their cause either.
Highlighting the inconveniences caused by it in the middle of the game, Finch told ESPNcricinfo, “I didn’t know there was a review system until about the fifth over. Nobody did. Steve Smith, when he ran out a drink, mentioned it. So, we had to ask the umpires. But it is quite strange to have a crossover of rules for this series. I mean bat sizes and things like that are coming in at the end of the series.”
The rain interruption, which led to a massive reduction of overs during India’s batting, was another major source of controversy. As per new rules of T20 cricket by International Cricket Council (ICC), if a game is ‘reduced to less than 10 overs, the maximum quota of overs per bowler shall not be less than two: meaning that if a match is reduced to five overs a side, two bowlers will be able to bowl two overs each.’
India had to chase 48 runs in six overs after Australia put up 118 on board before the rain hit. While bowling, Australia used only Nathan Coulter-Nile for two overs with Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Dan Christian all going for one each.
Expressing his confusion with it, Finch said, “The over situation with a shortened game – three bowlers being allowed to bowl two overs – but DRS was in for this. It didn’t have any effect on the game. I just thought it was quite odd to have mixed and matched the rules for this series.”
India’s southpaw opener Shikhar Dhawan, who returned to the squad after missing out on the ODI series also admitted to his unawareness of the new rules in T20 cricket.
“I’m sure they [Australia] would have felt the inconsistency. But whatever is the rule, is the rule. I’m not exactly aware of the rule you were talking about. But, it is what it is,” he said.
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