Cricket is a gentlemen game they say, and it has been always. In the early days (around 16th century) of the game it was played by children mainly, but over the years it has evolved and became a professional game.
In the books of history, Cricket was probably created during Saxon or Norma times by children living in the Weald, an area of dense woodlands and clearings in south-east England that lies across Kent and Sussex. The first definite reference is dated Monday, 17 January 1597 (1598 in modern calendar).
Surprisingly, the first ever international cricket game was between the US and Canada, the two countries which does not have any international team now, in 1844. The match was played at the grounds of the St George’s Cricket Club in New York.
From thereon, Cricket transcended from one generation to next generation and each of these generations played a role in making it a global game. With the increasing popularity of the game also evolved the different formats in the form of Test Cricket, One-day Cricket and T20. The matches that were played over the course of days, were first reduced to five days and then to One-days and T20’s.
Now, in a fast moving world, the thinkers of the game have also introduced new concepts like T10 and The Hundred to attract more people towards the game. Though, the T10 format yet to be played at international level, a few thinkers of the game have advised to split a T20 match in two innings of 10-overs each team.
Recently, ‘God of Cricket’ aka Sachin Tendulkar has proposed the idea of splitting an ODI innings in two innings of 25 overs to eliminate the toss advantage. Now, Gautam Gambhir has advocated for the same in ODIs. However, he was sternly in oppose of doing so with already short T20 Cricket.
“I’m not a big believer that we should split T20 cricket into two innings. I think, Sachin Tendulkar somewhere gave a suggestion that we could try doing it with 50 overs which makes a lot of sense, because you’ve got 25 overs (each),” Gautam Gambhir said.
“It (splitting one-dayers) also probably takes the toss away as well because in some conditions the toss plays a huge role and I was absolutely in favour of that as well. But not in T20 cricket, it’s too short a format and there’s hardly any time. Splitting that into 10 overs each will be too short an inning,” Gautam Gambhir said while speaking in the Star Sports’ Cricket Connected.
When asked about splitting a T20 innings in two parts, former Australian Cricketer Brett Lee was also of the same view as Gambhir’s. Opposing the idea of tinkering with the traditional formats of the game and said, “I am all for T20 cricket whether it’s the Indian Premier League or the Big Bash to have some flair about it, some excitement to bring people to the game. But there are some things you want to keep traditional when it comes to cricket and I think having four innings is a bit too much. I still think it’s always nice to see a target, and try and chase that target down or defend it,”