ODI cricket and its future has been a hot topic of discussion ever since Ben Stokes announced his retirement from the format. The world-cup-winning hero had reasoned prioritizing longevity for his sudden decision. This came off as a big decision since the ODI World Cup is now just a year away. England are the defending champions and with Ben Stokes retired, they would have to figure out a way to fill in the slot. Eoin Morgan, former England captain, announced his international retirement a couple of months ago. Clearly, at the moment, England don’t look in a position to be the favorites.
Meanwhile, Usman Khawaja, Australian batter, opined that ODI Cricket is dying a slow death. Many cricket experts have backed this opinion of his. Also, there is evidence for it. Test cricket is being played regularly with crowd turning up in the stadiums. T20 leagues are thriving. However, it’s the ODI cricket and the middle over where the game loses its engagement.
Ravi Shastri, Indian commentator, suggested that the overs can be reduced from 50 to 40. He pointed out how ODI cricket initially had 60 overs, so the same can be done now. Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, was asked to share his opinion on this format. The swashbuckling right-hander voiced his support for ODIs, saying that it is only a matter of time before ODIs regain the attention of the viewers.
ODI Cricket Still Has A Great Future – Rohit Sharma
“For me, cricket is important – whatever be the format,” Rohit was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. “I would never say that ODI is getting finished or T20 is getting finished or Tests are nearing an end. I wish there is another format as well, because for me, playing the game is most important. Since childhood, we dreamt of playing the game for India. Whenever we play ODIs, stadiums are full, the excitement remains high. It’s an individual choice as to which format to play or not, but for me, all three formats are important.
There is still about two-and-a-half months left for the T20 World Cup. Before that, we have the Asia Cup and two home series against Australia and South Africa,” Rohit said. “So, more or less 80-90% of your team is set, of course there could be three-four changes if at all depending on the conditions. As of now, we have been playing in India and will play in UAE, so the conditions in Australia will be different. We need to check what suits our team in Australia.”