Former Indian Cricketer and Head Coach Ravi Shastri has offered a strong expression about Hardik Pandya’s future in ODI cricket as he feels that the all-rounder could say goodbye to the 50-over format after the 2023 ODI World Cup.
The stunning retirement of Ben Stokes from ODI cricket has put the arrangement under the scanner. A few former and current cricketers have brought up issues about ODI cricket’s future because of the development of T20I cricket. Once more several years back, Test cricket was under a similar spotlight however things have changed now as individuals have begun getting a charge out of red-ball cricket.
“The 50-over format might be pushed back but it can still survive if you focus just on the World Cup. From the ICC’s point of view, paramount importance should be given to World Cups, whether it is T20 World Cup or 50-over World Cup, the bucks have to increase. Test cricket will always remain because of the importance it brings to the game,”stated by Ravi Shastri on Sky sports during commentary.
Notwithstanding, for the past two years, the essential spotlight has been on the T20 format due to the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cup occasions.
“You have players already choosing what formats they want to play. Take a Hardik Pandya. He wants to play T20 cricket and he is very clear in his mind that ‘I do not want to play anything else,”
“He will play the 50-over cricket because there is a World Cup in India next year. After that, you might see him going from that as well. You will see a similar thing happening with other players, they will start choosing formats, they have every right to,” further stated by him.
The ODI cricket has begun losing its appeal yet Shastri has given an idea that on the off chance that it adheres to the World Cups, there are chances of the 50-over configuration’s endurance.
Shastri said that Hardik is extremely clear in his thinking that he needs to play T20 cricket and isn’t focussing on different organisations much. Notwithstanding, the previous India mentor additionally affirmed that Hardik will play the forthcoming ODI World Cup however could resign from the format after that.