Let's give cricket fans more for their money with extra overs in drawn matches.
Let's give cricket fans more for their money with extra overs in drawn matches. Contributed

Bring on cricket extra time overs

I FOUND myself enthralled watching the Indian-Sri Lankan cricket match on Tuesday night, it was a beauty.

It was that good I found myself having to switch back and forth from My Kitchen Rules (don't judge me boys it's my wife's favourite show).

But what I don't like is the fact a great game, an exciting game like that can have no winner.

The last ball of the game had me on the edge of the bean bag.

I was that excited I nearly spilt my beer all over the dog and I bet there wasn't a taxi in Melbourne or Sydney that didn't stopped to tune into the final delivery.

If you didn't see the game, MS Dhoni needed a four off the last ball to win the game for India.

Sri Lanka needed to restrict India to two runs or less to win the game.

Dhoni rolled the dice and smashed Lasith Malinga's last delivery to the boundary only to have it stopped just five pappadum's from the rope.

Dhoni ran three and the game was over.

As I slumped back into the bean bag I was left wanting more, the players on the field wanted more.

They looked bewildered in the field, as if someone had forgot to put one of their favourite spices into their afternoon curry.

The Swami Army in the grandstands wanted more, they didn't know whether to break down in tears or start up in a Bollywood inspired line dance.

So why don't we give them more? Why don't we go into extra time in one-day cricket?

They do it in the NRL, the golden point has been one of the best new rules brought into rugby league.

Maybe with the cricket we could have a golden over.

Whoever can score the most runs off the last over gets the trophy.

Imagine the Swami Army going off while they wait for another two overs and imagine some of the big hitting you would see.

You could even bring in the rule that only five fielders are left on the ground.

It would give the fans something extra and players are not left with the empty feeling of drawing a match.

Gympie Times


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