The one-day series between India and Australia ended with a bang with another exhibition of big hitting that, while stunning in its execution, also brought along with it many questions about the new rules and regulations that are in place for the ODI games.
In order to make the overs between the first 10 mandatory field restriction and the batting power play overs more interesting, the authorities decided to allow only four fielders outside the 30 yard circle, and that is causing endless problems for skippers and bowlers.
Unless the pitches have something for the bowlers, the batsmen are going to rule, and there will be more such big hitting which frankly got a bit boring towards the end, because it looked more like a six hitting contest than one between bat and ball.
Not for one moment is credit being taken away from the batsmen, for it does take enormous skill and strength to hit those balls into the crowd, and, as Dhoni did, out of the ground, but where do the bowlers go from here?
Every single game saw more than 300 runs scored in an innings, and while it could be argued that it is the effect of the T20 format which encourages the batsmen to go hell for leather from the word 'play', it was still astonishing to say the least.
The bowlers also did not try anything different apart from Ashwin, who too felt the pressure at Bengaluru and tried bowling wide of Faulkner's bat swing. He was also one who bowled much fuller and so got away slightly better than the rest.
Vinay Kumar, who had bowled such good yorkers in the first T20 game of the tour, just went to pieces and kept delivering the same stuff and ended up giving away more than 100 runs in his quota of overs. Mohammed Shami looked good when he was bowling the fuller length, but the moment he relaxed and bowled the short of good length ball, he saw it disappear into the crowd.
India keep its number one ranking with this win and also go in to the Test series against the West Indies with batsmen in form. The Australians also have found pluses with the form of George Bailey and the rhythm of Mitchell Johnson.
James Faulkner has shown that he is a fine all-rounder in the making. These three match toughened players can make a difference in the Ashes series because they have battled conditions and tense situations and come through with flying colours.
It was purely a batsmen's series but a totally forgettable one for the bowlers.
Professional Management Group