"Both teams bowl in the first and second halves," Sachin Tendulkar's novel proposal for keeping the One-Day International format interesting.
The ODI format, according to Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, has become boring in its current iteration.
The ODI format, according to Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, has become boring in its current iteration. He proposed a change in which both sides bowl in the first and second halves of a one-day match. The ever-increasing popularity of the T20 format, combined with a crammed cricketing calendar, has prompted concerns about the long-term viability of ODI cricket.
Many pundits and former cricketers believe the format will die naturally. While acknowledging that one-day cricket faces a significant challenge in remaining relevant in the modern era, Tendulkar provided some creative input to keep the format intriguing. "It's getting monotonous, without a doubt," he said at the India Today conclave.
The present format, which has been in place for some time, consists of two new balls. (per innings). When you have two fresh balls, reverse swing is effectively eliminated. Despite the fact that we are in the 40th over of the game, this is only the 20th over of that ball. And the ball doesn't start turning until the 30th over." "That element (reverse swing) is missing today due to the introduction of two new balls." Tendulkar added, "The current format, I believe, is heavy on bowlers.
The game is currently becoming too obvious. Its progress has slowed from the 15th to the 40th. It's growing old." He proposed a change to the format, saying that teams could alternate between batting and bowling every 25 overs. "So, both teams bowl in the first and second halves," the 49-year-old explained. Commercially, it will be more feasible because there will be three innings breaks rather than two." India is presently hosting Australia in a three-match one-day series.
India will also host the ODI World Cup in 2023. Three Tests were completed in three days during the recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia. There was a strong reaction to the same. The surface in Ahmedabad for the fourth Test of the series was a batting paradise, resulting in a dull draw.
Chipping in on the pitch discussion, Tendulkar observed: "We need to understand one thing that Test cricket should be engaging and it should not be about how many days it lasts, five days or whatever. We (cricketers) are designed to play on a variety of fields, including bouncy tracks, fast tracks, slow tracks, turning tracks, swinging conditions, and seaming conditions with various balls." India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 to secure a spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in 2023.