Former South African fast bowler Dale Steyn gave this suggestion of a free-hit on the second day of the Cape Town Test between India and South Africa.
Former South African fast bowler Dale Steyn made this suggestion during the Cape Town Test.
India and South Africa (India vs South Africa 2021) The Test series is in its last leg. Cape Town (Cape Town TestThe third and last match of the series is being played between the two teams. In this entire series, the fast bowlers of both the teams have shown their flair. But along with this, there has been another aspect of this series and that is the no-ball, which has been seen a lot. In such a situation, former South African fast bowler Dale Steyn (Dale Steyn) has also suggested the provision of free hit on no-ball in Test cricket. Steyn has given this suggestion of starting a freehit on a no-ball for a special reason, through which he wants to protect the tail batsmen from fast bowlers while batting in Test matches.
In the current Test series, the fast bowlers of both the teams have used short balls fiercely against the lower order batsmen. Many times the ball has hit the body of these batsmen as they are not technically strong enough to face short deliveries like the main batsmen. In such a situation, the overs are getting longer due to no-balls in between and seeing all this, the great South African pacer Steyn is worried about the condition of tailenders.
What did Dale Steyn say on Freehit?
The Indian pacers were bowling lethally during South Africa’s batting on the second day of the Cape Town Test, and Steyn tweeted suggesting the provision of free-hits in no-balls in Tests as in ODIs and T20s. In his tweet, Stan wrote,
“Free hit” when bowling a ‘no ball’ in Test cricket….what do you think? This will definitely help the bowlers to survive in the 7-8-ball and sometimes 9-ball overs (during batting). It is enough for tailenders to face 6 balls of a top-class dangerous fast bowler.
Free hit for No Ball in Test Cricket…
What do you think?
Will definitely help the bowlers (when batting) survive those extended 7/8 and sometimes 9 ball overs we’ve seen happen before…
6 balls is Hard enough for the tailenders facing a top class life threatening fast bowler.
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 12, 2022
No-balls started increasing in Test matches
Steyn may be speaking it from the point of view of tailenders, but in recent times the number of no-balls in Test cricket has also increased. Especially since the responsibility of watching no-balls in all formats has been given to the TV umpires, since then no-balls have started appearing more in cricket matches. This has happened many times in the India-South Africa series as well. Especially South African pacer Kagiso Rabada is very upset by this. In India’s second innings in the Cape Town Test, Rabada bowled 5 no-balls in just 6 overs, while he had also bowled 5 no-balls in the first innings. In such a situation, if a free hit starts in the test also, then the bowlers will pay attention to discipline.