Gavaskar found “The Hundred” quite “ordinary and average”
The game of cricket is a gift to the world from England and not only one format of cricket originated in this country but starting from Test to T20, all the cricket formats took birth here. Right now, England is testing out a new format of the game, “The Hundred”. 8 franchises are fighting for supremacy in this all-new format and the game is being play by both men’s and women’s teams.
Several Indian women cricketers have also been a part of this format along with the young sensation Jemimah Rodrigues.
T20 Blast was the first professional T20 tournament in the world and it took place in England in 2003. Since then, other franchise-based leagues have been launch across the world like the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League in Australia, popularly known as IPL and BBL respectively. Both these leagues have surpassed the popularity of the original T20 Blast. Gavaskar found “The Hundred” quite “ordinary and average”.
England is still playing T20 matches traditionally. T20 league in England is contested between county sides, unlike the other countries where T20 leagues are being played between franchises. Thus, the introduction of “The Hundred” is being view as an attempt by ECB to launch another popular franchise-based league.
While there is a lot of buzz around this new format, there is one India cricket legend. Who doesn’t seem to be impress with the new attempt. It is Suni Gavaskar. The former India captain is in England to commentate on upcoming England vs India Test series. Took time to weigh in on “The Hundred”.
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He called the new format “insipid”. He said the cricket is quite ordinary in this format and the coverage, quite average with basic mistakes in player information. Gavaskar said that if the same mistakes would be made in the sub-continent the players would be mock by former players. He also specified that the mocking would be severe by the former England players. No newspaper and tabloid would leave this golden opportunity to create headlines.
Gavaskar said the first impression of the game has not been great. And also he did not see franchise fans going crazy about this format. He did not rule out the possibility of people warming up to this format of the game. But it surely did not get the attention and love that the fans had showered upon T20.