The importance of ODI cricket, which has fallen out of favor in recent years, has been the subject of intense debate in the cricketing community, and several players have shown interest in bringing it back.
The newest to go on board is none other than cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. In a recent interview with India Today Conclave, Tendulkar was asked, “How do you make ODI cricket interesting?,” to which he had a wonderful response, saying “Two new balls have reduced the art of reverse swing as technically balls started swinging after 30 overs instead we change bowl after 25 overs”
Tendulkar added “ODI Cricket should be broken down into 25 overs each rather than usual 50 overs to make it even more interesting”
“This method will help to revive the interest of Test Cricket back among ardent cricket fans”
Tendulkar concluded by stating that “White Ball format is becoming excessively dominated by batsman and most rules are against bowlers so rules modification should be done on urgent basis”
“That element (reverse swing) is missing today because of two new balls. The current format, I feel, is heavy on bowlers. Right now, the game is becoming too predictable. From the 15th to the 40th over, it’s losing its momentum. It’s getting boring.”
This year belongs to ODI World Cup so, Men in Blue would be eagerly looking to form an ideal squad with additional backups in the upcoming 50 over World cup which will be held in India starting from October 2023.
There are some areas which India need to address, which include, Finding and ideal fast bowling trio which can complement, Shami and Siraj in these conditions.
This is high time to decide whether we need to develop sixth bowling option as quickly as possible or five bowlers would be handy in these conditions.
Also India’s batting department need settle combinations in top 4 so that, the players are sure about their spot and they can wonders with the willow when it required the most.