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This is the time when Test cricket is played like One day cricket and One day cricket is immensely influenced by Twenty 20 cricket. With the incredible popularity of the Twenty 20 format of the game, it was a great need to make changes in the format of ODI cricket too. The aim before ICC was to make ODI games more exciting and attract more audience towards game. Keeping this in mind, few rules have been modified and introduced in the ODI cricket. Lets see what are the Game Changer Rules in ODI cricket.
Earlier there used to be fielding restrictions for the first fifteen overs in an inning, where only 2 fielders could be outside the 30 yard circle and compulsorily 2 fielders had to be in close catching position. This rule is now modified and it is replaced with Power Plays. Every team is keen to take an advantage of the power plays, where mostly attacking batsmen try to play aggressive shots and score quick runs at lower risk of getting caught out due to the field restrictions. The aim of the fielding side captain is to restrict batting side from scoring quick runs in power play overs. Therefore, fielding captains use their best bowlers in this period. Fielding side has one advantage of getting quick wickets in power plays as batsmen are in attacking mood and while doing so they may loose wickets in this period. For the overs when power play is not opted, maximum five fielders can be outside the 30 yard circle.
Now, there are three types of power plays.
A. Mandatory Power Play (P1): First Ten overs of an inning are considered as Mandatory power play where only 2 fielders can be outside the 30 yard circle and compulsorily 2 fielders need to be in close catching position. Therefore, this rule is similar to what was earlier. Only change is now it is applicable for the first Ten overs of an inning instead of Fifteen overs earlier.
B. Fielding Power Play (P2): This is the second power play for Five Overs at the discretion of the fielding side captain where Three players can be outside the 30 yard circle, but there is no compulsion of close catching fielders in this power play. Usually this Power play is opted by the fielding immediately after the end of the Mandatory Power play i.e. Over No 11 to 15. But, if Batting side is really dominating the bowling attack then, usually Fielding captain postpones it by few overs.
C. Batting Power Play ( P3): This is the third power play for another Five overs, but this time at the discretion of the Batting side captain where Three players can be outside the 30 yard circle, but there is no compulsion of close catching fielders in this power play.Usually this power play is opted by the batting side towards the end of an inning, where batsmen can score maximum amount of runs when field restriction is on. But, now days few teams are opting it after 34th over when the ball is replaced and new ball is opted. The logic behind this tactics is that the new ball is hard and can be disappeared very quickly outside the boundary line and if this power play ( Over No 35-39) is capitalized successfully by the batting side, then batting side is really in a position to score a big total.