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IPL 2017: Stephen Fleming gives his opinion on IPL rain rule

Fleming feels D/L method is not suitable to T20 format.

By Shubham Raj -
Fleming feels T20 format needs a better rain rule than D/L method | Twitter

In a segment in the Times of India, Rising Pune Supergiant mentor, Stephen Fleming concocted the possibility of "wicket pressure";  which is defined as "that is, reducing the wickets in hand along with the overs in shortened T20" was the best way to even out the contest.

Stephen Fleming gives his views on D/L method usage in T20. “The D/L method is satisfactory for 100 overs, but in a 40-over game, it simply favors the team batting second too much,” Fleming said. 

“With low-scoring games on difficult pitches, whenever the overs are reduced, the team batting second will always have an edge because they stand a far lower chance of being bowled out, so they can stay a lot more relaxed." said former Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming.

He stated his opinion after the rain washed Eliminator 1 on May 17th and said “In a situation like Wednesday night, even though there has been a small increase in runs required and there’s pressure on the team batting second owing to a reduction in the number of overs, they still have all wickets in hand which means they can play without risk." 

"Even losing three wickets in approximately one over doesn’t really hamper them; they know they can just keep going because they have plenty of batting resources to fall back on.” quoted the left-hand opener, Stephen Fleming.

He even gave probable solution for the problem and said “The whole scenario just isn’t ideal and definitely needs a bit of tweaking. One of the ideas floating around is to introduce ‘wicket pressure’, so if you have a small chase, then you also have fewer wickets to play with. In effect, that means you only have five wickets, for example, for a six-over chase.”