Brett Lee believes that, aside from Jasprit Bumrah, most pacers aren’t bowling enough yorkers in T20 matches, highlighting that yorkers have a low strike rate in the IPL.

Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee believes pacers, excluding Jasprit Bumrah, struggle with executing yorkers effectively in the final overs of T20 matches. He emphasized the importance of mastering this crucial delivery, highlighting Bumrah’s exceptional skill in delivering toe-crushing yorkers at critical moments.

Speaking at the launch of the Legends Intercontinental T20 League in New Delhi, Lee expressed his desire to see more fast bowlers perfecting their yorkers, suggesting it’s a key area for improvement.

”On a general rule, other than Bumrah, we haven’t seen enough fast bowlers nailing their yorkers recently. I want to see fast bowlers bowl more yorkers. I still don’t reckon they execute enough yorkers at the death,” he said.

Notably, Brett Lee pointed out that the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) season, which saw many high-scoring innings, could have been more economical for bowlers if they had mastered the art of bowling yorkers. Lee noted that historically, yorkers have a strike rate of less than 100 in the IPL, indicating their effectiveness.

”If you look back at 17 years of Indian Premier League, on average a yorker goes for a strike rate of less than 100. Which tells me that one run or less per bowler that’s executed. Now, when you bowl a yorker and you’ve got guys who can go down and scoop you over the head, well that puts pressure on you as a bowler. You’ve got to set in the right field and put two men back, third man fine and back and then bowl,” he continued.

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The former Australian cricketer also advocated for a balance between batting and bowling, suggesting that while he enjoys watching batters hit big scores, there should also be some challenges for the bowlers. He believes that a total of around 185 to 230 is ideal for a competitive game, expressing concern about the current trend of scores reaching 265, 270, or even 277.

”I’m all for batters smoking the ball all over, but there has got to be something for the bowlers too. I’m not asking for a green top, where teams bowled out for 110, because that’s not good for cricket either. You want a good total, I think. Anywhere around that 185 mark to 230 is a good score. We’ve seen scores now of 265, 270, 277. It’s really hard because most bowlers now are going for 45 to 50 off their four overs,” Brett Lee added.

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Last Updated on May 29, 2024

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