Does playing in T20 ruin the batting performance of batsmen? Do Test cricketers have the skills to shine in T20 formats? Does playing in all ODI, Test, and T20 affect batting performance? The questions are endless.
Standing in 2022 the vision for cricket is certainly changing. While in the past players and experts have been reluctant to explore all the formats, in today’s generation, the ideology has completely shifted.
In a press release former cricketer Eoin Morgan said that he was okay with the concept of England playing two different formats of matches on the same day.
A study done by Cricket Monthly analyzed every international player’s performance who participated in all three formats. They executed the surveys in three different sections. One was done in the year 2008-2009, the next was done in 2013-2014, and the final survey took place in 2018-2019.
The research revealed that the international players who were part of three formats of cricket actively their performances dropped significantly. From 57% it came down to 48% and at the end to 44%.
Though it shows a negative impact on the player’s presentation we cannot jump to a conclusion based on this survey. The result relies on many factors like the teams, players, and playing conditions. So the outcome varies from time to time.
Last year former Indian Cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar said that the youth must explore all three formats of cricket, especially during their debuts. He also denied the idea of a certain player being good at one particular format. He also said that he doesn’t believe in the red ball or white ball concept.
“I don’t believe in this red-ball and white-ball concept. Whatever is there, you just have to play. I don’t think anybody is good in red-ball cricket and bad in white-ball or vice-versa. When it comes to India, every player must and needs to play all three formats,”
While a few years ago experts would have been against the idea of young cricketers playing throughout the year in all the different formats and exhausting themselves, this era’s coaches and seniors are encouraging the players to do the exact opposite. But we cannot simply eliminate the objections people have to players playing all Test, ODI, and T20s.
For instance, in this TATA IPL 2022 Indian big hitters, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are not apparently having their best season so far and many specialists and fans seem to blame it on the fact that they play throughout the year in all three formats vigorously and it is no surprise that their forms are suffering now.
“There are several guys who look totally burnt out at the moment. Whereas Jos Buttler benefitted from a break during England’s Test series in the West Indies, you’ve had the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jonny Bairstow playing all formats and living in bubbles for months on end. That is not any way to maximize world-class talent,” KP wrote in an article on Betway.
“They’ve churned out money for their boards by fulfilling most matches in every format in the last couple of years and, as star players, they are under constant pressure with millions of people watching them. The cricket schedule is crazy. Even as a commentator, I’m working flat out. But, clearly, I’m not under the pressure that these guys are. Honestly, I think these guys need a six-month break. Getaway to the US, to London, to wherever elsewhere travel is unrestricted. Clear your head, come back and rack up the runs again,” He added.
For Mumbai Indians who are at the bottom of the IPL points table, it has been suggested that their captain, Rohit Sharma, should take a breather now.
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