I am new to the forum but i have an idea that could work out well for the game. It's about an alternative to the normal circular spot on the pitch where the ball bounces when delivered by the bowler. Coz if the batsman already knows beforehand where the ball is pitching, it makes for very easy batting so the line and length of the ball shouldn't be given away that easily. In EA 07, i tried turning off the ball pitch indicator to achieve the same but that made it way too hard to get a decent shot away. So, What can be done is -
>> Instead of a circle to determine the bounce of the ball, it could consist of two rectangles stretching the entire length and breadth of the pitch to determine the line and length of the ball respectively. The area of the rectangles would be determined by
1. the bowler's accuracy of course
2. and this is the important one- by the batsman's form and how well the batsman has settled in at the crease. Eg. a new Raina would have trouble reading the ball when he is new to the crease whereas a new Tendulkar wouldn't have relatively lesser trouble. And when the batsman is set, the area of the ball indicators would considerably reduce making it much easier to read the deliveries.
And just as an icing on the cake, one could attribute certain special qualities for batsmen(in the same bracket as Slogger, defensive wall , Demon hooker etc.) like... few batsmen like Dhoni would be "Quick Settlers" (yeah, i know it sounds cheeky..lol) i.e. players who settle in at the crease from their very first ball if they find the middle of the bat unlike a say.. Gambhir who would takequite a few balls to get his eye in.
What do you guys think ? Let me know coz that would make batting a real challenge that it should be. And heads up for putting in so much work to give us a decent game. I am grateful..
One minor issue though - would the rectangles interfere with the action i.e. take up too much visually? You can't impair the view of the player with big rectangles.
Aside from this though it is a great idea and something I would consider.