The Greatest Of All Time, Sachin Tendulkar suggests a way to make the ODI format more interesting. He feels this makes the format engaging with the fans. Sachin, himself had great records in the ODI format. He is the first Indian to score a double century in ODI cricket. He also spoke about the insecurity of the spinners in this format of cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar on the ODI format
“It’s getting monotonous without any doubt. There are two parts. One is the current format, and the next is how I feel it should be played. Let me talk about the current format which has been there for a while now. When you have two new balls, it eliminates the reverse swing. Even though we are in the 40th over of the game, it’s actually the 20th over of that ball,”
“Coming to the second bit, we should be playing 25 overs first. Divide it into 4 halves, like in Test cricket. In Tests, you have 20 wickets here you only have 10 wickets. If you are dismissed, you are out of the game for the next 25 overs as well. You can’t come back and bat,”
Sachin Tendulkar further added that
“Why I am saying this because we played a tournament in Sri Lanka where we played 118 overs without any result. On the first day, Sri Lanka batted first and we played 10 overs, the match was rained out. The match was again called off on the following day. We almost played 118 overs without any result,”
On spinners he said that
“Also for spinners, I have spoken to a few spinners. I was trying to understand their mindset with 5 fielders in the ring. The bowlers are saying that we don’t have the freedom to change our lines. Even if we know that, there is a possibility of batter making the mistake, if we change our line then we might have to pay a heavy price. They don’t have the protection now in the current format,”