India’s Ravichandran Ashwin admits concerns over relevance of ODI cricket: It is just an extended form of T20

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin expressed his concerns over ODI cricket’s relevance, saying that it is quickly becoming an extended version of T20s.

Ashwin raised concerns about the relevance of ODI cricket (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ashwin feels ODI cricket needs to find its spot.
  • The Indian off-spinner admitted that he switched off the TV during a game
  • Ashwin pushed for ODI cricket to return to the use of just one new ball

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has admitted his concerns over the relevance of ODI cricket, saying that it is quickly becoming an extended form of T20s.

Ashwin was a guest on the upcoming show of the ‘Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket club podcast’ which is hosted by former England captain Michael Vaughan and Phil Tuffnell.

The Indian off-spinner said that ODI cricket needs to find its relevance in the current era on the show.

“It’s a question of relevance and I think ODI cricket needs to find its relevance. It needs to find its spot,” said Ashwin.

The 35-year-old said that the beauty of the 50-over game was the ‘ebbs and flows’ and bowlers used to have a say in the proceedings. Ashwin, who called himself a ‘cricket nut,’ admitted that he switched off the TV while watching a game at one point, which is actually scary for the format.

“The greatest beauty of one day cricket is sorry was the ebbs and flows of the game. People used to bide their time and take the game deep. The one-day format used to be a format where bowlers had a say.”

“Even me as a cricket badger and a cricket nut, I switch off the TV after a point and that’s frankly very scary for the format of the game. When those ebbs and flows go missing, it’s not cricket anymore. It is just an extended form of T20,” said Ashwin.

Ashwin also advocated that the game should go back to the old format where one new ball was used. Currently, two new balls are used during a match.

“I think one ball is something that would work and spinners would come into the game to bowl more at the back end. Reverse swing might come back in, which is crucial for the game,” said Ashwin.

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