Is It the End of Odi Cricket?

Is it the end of ODI Cricket?

Cricket is not a game of bat and ball. It is an internal struggle, a war waged between a man and himself. The opposition is merely a convenience.

The game of cricket is the second most popular game in the world, second only to soccer. Cricket always had a very eventful and colourful history and with various formats from Test, ODI and T Twenty coming into the fray the future for the game looks dynamic. Young men in Australia and England grow up hoping to one day "play for the ashes" same as an Indian might well hope to take guard against the likes of Pakistan at the Eden. It is a sport steeped in tradition and its fans are loyal.

Test cricket undoubtedly draws on the deepest emotions of the players and supporters alike, it creates the biggest rivalries and provides by far the most intense of matches. One Day Cricket on the other hand proved to be the thrust the game needed to elevate it into the global arena in the late 60s, and when it was said that cricket has reached its stagnation point, there came along the game changer T 20 format. T 20 transformed the way batsmen played, and the way bowlers bowled. The dot ball became the Holy Grail in this format and it started drawing big crowds. Now with almost 10 years in the game T 20 has become the biggest marketing tool for the game of cricket.

But does that mean it’s about time we move on beyond Test cricket or ODIs?   There are many who have started writing early obituaries of Test cricket and there are a lot more who still are loyal towards the longest version of the game. It is a point to note that when One Day International came into being similar thoughts were echoed of Test cricket getting extinct, but for some reason it did not and rather surprisingly it came out strongly as ever with the first ever tied Test match in the early 70s to recapture the lost interest.

Even now with the taking over of T 20, doubts on Test’s endurance are being questioned more frequently....