Friday, June 08, 2007

One Day Mataram

I am getting tired of the state of one day international cricket and ICC is going all out to make sure I stop watching it. The latest World Cup was proof enough. The matches are completely listless and one-sided. The teams are unevenly matched and they play without any passion whatsoever because of the frequency with which this cash cow is milked. I can’t remember more than two or three one day games in the past year that really came across as exciting and stick in memory. The level of contest between bat and ball diminished as it is basically over-loaded in favor of the batsman. To add the final nail to the coffin, ICC has recommended that there should be a free hit (akin to 20-20) after a no-ball, and that the batting team can now choose one of the powerplays. Tell me, why would any bowler want to play anymore? To add to bowling on completely flat tracks and restrictions on bouncers and powerplays that are invitation to get whacked, now there’s the added insult of bowling a free-hit ball after a no-ball. Amidst all this, the BCCI and ICC send the players to random places of the world to play pyjama cricket. When they do play in regular hubs like Chennai in the sweltering heat of June, you wonder when a player is going to drop dead on the ground due to dehydration.

Give me test cricket anyday. I know a lot of people don’t have the patience to follow a five day game, but that works perfect for me. Therein lies the real skill, the real will, and the real battles. With Australia pushing the envelope, the scoring rates have also picked up in test matches and the tests these days are very result-oriented. A test century is worth its weight in gold, and so are twenty wickets captured with skill and patience. ICC, please cut down the games, balance the rules, else the game will just die.

5 comments:

Pallavi said...

Hope ICC is listening to ur plea.:)

Stone said...

I second you here, I just love test matches, they are much more challenging and real test of character.

Sridhar Iyer said...

Hear hear... My interest in cricket has diminished greatly over the years too. But mostly because the stalwarts in Indian cricket are better at doing Ads now than they are with their bats.

Anyways, I've moved on to American football. It's got everything - a fast paced game, food, cheerleaders...

Cricket's got Mandira bedi, but that's about it...

30in2005 said...

I for one will manage just fine not ever watching cricket again but V can easily watch a 5 day test ball-by-ball. How guys have the pateince for this is beyond me....

Parth said...

@30in2005: I can empathize. I can't endure more than 10 minutes of shopping. Wonder how my wife manages it for an extended period of time :-)