Sachin Tendulkar Comes With A ‘Master Blaster’ Plan To Make ODI The Most Interesting Format

The first match of the three-match ODI series between India and Australia was played on March 17 in which Team India won the contest by 5 wickets. It fired a debate on the relevance of the ODI format, especially with the 2023 World Cup approaching.

The rise of T20 cricket and the emergence of various franchise leagues has led to players preferring short-term contracts over representing their country which is now being seen as a threat to the future of ODI cricket. In the past few years, we have had some players retiring from ODI cricket as they have chosen to play the T20 and other franchise cricket.

The former Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has come up with an interesting idea and advice to make ODI cricket an interesting one. He has proposed breaking the format into four innings of 25 overs each rather than the traditional two innings of 50 overs, to make the game more exciting and regain people’s interest in the format.

Tendulkar believes that the introduction of two new balls in ODI cricket has eliminated the reverse swing which was a key feature of the format in the 2000s and 2010s. It has shifted the balance heavily in favor of the batters.

While talking to the India Today conclave, Sachin said, “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.”

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He further added, “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 lost its momentum. It’s getting boring.”

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