As the Indian T20 League goes through another blockbuster of a season, the fans are glued to their television screens waiting for their favourite teams to book a playoff seat as soon as possible. Along with the television screens, some fans are busy on their calculators trying to figure out the desired net run rate (NRR) their team needs to make it to reach the knockout stage. Rather than having a complicated system like the NRR, why not have a far superior one by assigning bonus points for comprehensive wins to the teams in the league stage?
Here we look at the merits of implementing a bonus point system in the Indian T20 League going ahead in future seasons.
POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE TACTICS
We’ve seen in the past that the bonus point system works beautifully in the fifty-over format. A prime example of it working for Team India was in 2012 in Australia when the team chased a massive total of 320 within 40 overs against Sri Lanka to qualify for the final of the Commonwealth series, courtesy of a bonus point won during that chase.
Similarly, the Big Bash League uses the ‘Big Bash Boost Point’ which is similar to the bonus point system used in fifty over cricket. A similar calculation can be applied to the Indian T20 League matches as well. Hypothetically a team scores 200 in the first innings and restricts the opposition to below 160, they are awarded a bonus point for their win. Or if the team batting second chases the total within 16 overs, they are similarly awarded a bonus point for their win.
This will help teams make proactive tactical decisions and we’ll see some positive cricket in the league stage.
EASIER TO FOLLOW FOR THE FANS
As mentioned earlier, most fans currently are stuck on their calculators looking for permutations and combinations for their favourite team to have a positive NRR. It is pretty complicated for an average joe to follow the NRR system. Hence, if a bonus point system is introduced it will be far easier for the fans to know where their team stands in the points table.
ADDING MORE CONTEXT TO ONE-SIDED MATCHES
Currently, we see encounters, where 130 is being chased in the second innings and teams have the luxury of taking the match to the final over and chase the total with the loss of just a couple of wickets. Having the incentive of finishing the match early with the introduction of the bonus point system will add more context to these one-sided matches.
REMOVES THE LUCK FACTOR
Over the course of a fourteen match season, there are bound to be a game or two where a team has an off-day and there are also going to be days where everything goes right for a team. So just punishing a team for a couple of bad games and not rewarding them enough for their good days seems a bit unfair.
In the past few seasons, we’ve seen that the fifth-placed team in the table finished level on points with the fourth-placed team but haven’t qualified for the playoffs due to an inferior net run rate. With the introduction of the bonus point system, there wouldn’t be many seasons when teams are level on points and the ones who were proactive throughout the season will progress to the knockout stage. This system removes the luck factor involved in the league stage that comes with the NRR.
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