Mahela Jayawardene appreciated the technical tweaks introduced in The Hundred, which the triumphant Southern Brave coach believes could seep into Twenty20 cricket in the future.
Bowlers sending up to 10 successive deliveries and striking new hitters, even though those in the middle had crossed paths before a catch, were among the playing conditions changes made for the first edition.
Some of the rule changes have been overlooked by traditionalists, but Jayawardene, who has amassed over 10,000 points in tests and one-day internationals during a stellar playing career, can see the benefits.
Indeed, the former Sri Lanka captain suspects that one or two of the adjustments could be made in other formats and would appreciate the idea of âânew hitters going on strike immediately upon entering the crease.
âI think you shouldn’t tinker around too much, the product itself is pretty good,â Jayawardene said.
âPersonally, I love the new tactical responsibilities on two occasions for a bowler, the new batsman has to come in and face it, I think that stuff could even creep into T20 cricket, even in World Cups.
âIt’s tactically good for the game, you don’t stray from the rules per se, but when a bowler gets a wicket and rather than let the non-attacker pass you have a new batter to play against.
âThe competition is great, but I’m sure it will be refined because it’s the first year.
The Braves beat the Trent Rockets by seven wickets in Friday’s eliminator at the Kia Oval before becoming the first men’s champions with a 32-point victory over group stage champions Birmingham Phoenix in the Lord’s final.
There were a number of notable performers for the Ageas Bowl-based Brave over the two knockout matches, including Tymal Mills, who got a total of four for 21 of the 36 deliveries he played in London. .
Even though it’s been over four years since his last appearance in England, with his progress stifled by a succession of injuries, Mills was mentioned as a bolter for a spot on the T20 World Cup squad by captain Eoin Morgan. .
With Jofra Archer set to miss due to injury, Jayawardene would be surprised if left arm crimper Mills was not part of the England contingent heading to the United Arab Emirates later this year.
âI would be disappointed if he wasn’t on that plane for the World Cup,â Jayawardene said. âThroughout the competition he was fantastic. In the last two games, the eliminator and the final, he did not give a single limit.
âIt shows the quality of T – a healthy Tymal Mills will always be an asset. In the shorter format of the game, he knows his skills and it is a difficult skill that he performs.
“This gives England a lot of good options for the World Cup, especially playing in the United Arab Emirates as well.”
The Braves’ triumph on Saturday night further bolstered the coaching credentials of Jayawardene, who led the Mumbai Indians to Indian Premier League glory in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
But he revealed he had no interest in coaching an international team, as he added: âHaving done 18 years of international cricket as a player, I don’t want to live in a suitcase for 12 months of the year.
âIt’s a good challenge for me and it’s just the start. I don’t do too many tournaments to have my personal time to spend at home with the family.
“I’m happy to help as a consultant here and there (with Sri Lanka) but not full time because I wouldn’t personally appreciate it.”