India’s legendary batter and one of the greatest Cricketers of all time Sachin Tendulkar is apparently bored of the monotonous system of the 2nd longest format of Cricket – ODIs. The legendary batter who has scored 100 Centuries across all formats suggested that the interest of the audience in 50-over cricket is dying slowly.
Rising fandom of the shortest format – T20 and the creation of Franchise leagues around the globe more than ever, the longer formats are under the scrutiny of getting perished. It is also making the Cricketing schedules of the year way too jam packed and players are also in danger of burn outs or injuries due to relentless high profile matches.
Cash laden franchise contracts have made international players choose to leave playing for their countries and it is endangering the existence of Real cricket. Sachin Tendulkar has expressed his worries about the same and has also suggested ways in which it can be stopped.
His suggestion could raise questions while some can also support it. Sachin said that instead of 2 50-over innings, it is better to have 4 innings of 25 overs each as it will break the monotony and bring the audience’s interest back to One Day internationals.
World Cup-winning India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Friday, March 17 came up with a crucial assessment of the health of ODI cricket, saying that the 50-over format is "boring" and becoming "too predictable". Tendulkar said the use of two new-balls and modern-day fielding… https://t.co/Wy6wGHQsl8 pic.twitter.com/p48OUoAlDW
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Now if a player of his stature is saying this after scoring more than 18,000 ODI runs and 15,000+ Test runs then there has to be some logic behind it. The 49-year-old also mentioned that the evolution in ODI cricket has vanished reverse swing due to the option of using 2 new balls.
Master's Last Ever ODI SIX.
Today in 2012, Asia Cup Vs Pak Sachin Tendulkar played his Last Ever ODI Made 52 Runs.
463 ODIs 18426 Runs 100s:49, 50s:96, 154 Wickets.@sachin_rt in Jan 2010-Mar 2012
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“It’s getting monotonous, without a doubt. The current format, which has been there for a while now is two new balls (per innings). When you have two new balls, you have kind of eliminated reverse swing. Even though, we are in the 40th over of the game, it’s just the 20th over of that ball. And the ball only starts reversing around the 30th over.”