One day cricket is alive and well. That is the paramount lesson driven home by the successful conduct of the sixth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa.
The cynics who questioned the very survival of ODIs in the wake of the raging popularity of Twenty20 cricket were made to eat humble and distasteful pie by the on field happenings during the two week long tournament which saw many outstanding performances, unexpected results, keen contests and - most important - the spirit of cricket being upheld by sporting gestures.
I remember at the height of the popularity of Fifty50 in the eighties and nineties there were those who were quick to write the obituary of Test cricket. "Will Test cricket survive" became the most common headline in media comment. But despite growing skepticism, Test cricket continued to attract interest and I for one have always believed that the longer version of the game will never die and that all three formats can co-exist.
As I said, the sixthRead More »from Aussies remain the No. 1 team in this format