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Cricket – 3 different formats, or 3 different games? Will ‘ODI’ format survive?

Posted in Cricket by Amit Paranjape on October 30, 2013

Seriously amazing batting by Virat Kohli today at Nagpur…. However, this ODI format is getting way too batsmen friendly. We already have T20 format which is heavily loaded against bowlers… ODI shouldn’t go that way..should at least maintain some balance. If ODIs continue this way with routine 350+ scores, we are heading to another different format of cricket (like T20).

May be we are heading to 3 different games: Cricket-1 (Tests, Traditional 1st Class), Cricket-2 (ODI), Cricket-3 (T20).

I enjoy all three formats, but would prefer some changes in ‘Cricket-2’.

The ‘Cricket-2’ format, to survive and be viable needs to be different from ‘Cricket-1’ and ‘Cricket-3’. It is already quite different from ‘Cricket-1’, but that is not the problem. The issue is that it is increasingly moving nearer towards ‘Cricket-3’. ‘Cricket-2’ cannot be two back-to-back T20 games! It needs to go back to the way it was a few years back.

May be we are headed to a scenario where ‘Cricket-2’ will just disappear amidst competition from ‘Cricket-1’ and ‘Cricket-3’. What do you think?

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