Sachin Tendulkar added his opinion into the debate over how ODI cricket can be made interesting again amid the 50-over format increasingly getting shunned in favour of the lucrative T20 format and in a bid to preserve the traditional Test cricket. Tendulkar stated that a large part of an ODI match is starting to feel monotonous and suggested making a few dynamic changes to the format, including reducing it to a 40-over a side game.
Tendulkar said that the game is currently “losing momentum” between the 15th and 40th overs. He suggested that it might be better to create a situation where both teams bowl in both halves of the game. Tendulkar’s former teammate and former India batter Ajay Jadeja had a rather hilarious take on the situation, saying that it seems that teams are no longer interested in taking the match to 40 overs.
“The master has made his statement, there are no doubts on that. But the thing is those who have played have accepted that. They have stopped that game between the 15th and 40th overs. They are not even going till there. All the problems that we had with predictability, boring, they are all gone now,” joked Jadeja on Cricbuzz. Jadeja was referring to the first two ODIs between India and Australia. The three-match series stands at 1-1 with both teams getting all out before the 40th over, leading to the second innings also getting over before that mark.
“Tendulkar sahab said that 15-40 over period is getting boring, these guys said we won’t even play until the 40th over,” said Jadeja. The 52-year-old on a serious note stated that ODI cricket has always been a format that has changed according to the times it has been played in.
“People of a certain generation would remember that this one day cricket used to happen at one time without a 30-yard circle. You could send all nine fielders to- the boundary. That became boring so the concept of the circle was brought in, and then to compensate for conditions in Australia, two new balls were brought in. Back when one day cricket started it used to be played with the red ball and that made the game entirely different.
“This format has changed according to the period it was played in and different kinds of teams won or lost matches. You cannot change the science, the 22 yards and the five-and-a-half ounce remains the same but the nature of the seam and how it has behaved after making contact with the pitch has changed with the ball. So one year plays had Marutis in their hands and the next Ferraris and then we would think the guy with the Ferrari is going pretty fast. This game has kept on changing and today the boys showed,” he said.
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