Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar gives the best suggestion to improve the popularity of One-Day cricket. After the T20 format came, the popularity of ODI format is down year by year. Now Sachin Tendulkar suggests that One-day format needs a tweak of two innings of 25 overs per side with a 15-minute break between each innings. It means convert two innings into four innings in ODI.
“The 50-over format is the first thing that needs a look-in. As I had suggested, the format needs a tweak of two innings of 25 overs per side with a 15-minute break between each innings (a total of four innings between two teams). The numbers of innovations that can be brought in are huge,” said Sachin Tendulkar
“Let’s say there’s a 50-over-a-side match between Team A and Team B. Team A wins the toss, bats 25 overs; then team B bats for 25 overs; Team A resumes innings (with whatever wickets left) from the 26th over; Team B then resumes the last innings to chase the target. If Team A has lost all their wickets within the first 25 overs itself, then Team B gets 50 overs (25 overs plus 25 overs with a break) to chase the target,” Tendulkar told The Times of India.
“There’s always a chance to come back into the game. In a regular 50-over format, if a side wins toss and there’s dew, the side bowling second has no chance. The wet ball just skids on to the bat and it’s never a fair battle,” Tendulkar added.
“Frankly none of us understood Duckworth & Lewis. I think only those two gentlemen understood it. Look at the recent Vijay Hazare game washout, when Mumbai bowed out. Nobody likes a no-result contest.
“The six extra balls for bowling Powerplay will balance the battle between the bat and ball. It’ll be exciting for the viewers because teams will constantly rethink strategies,” Tendulkar said.