In 30 Days, 30 Questions:
Question: Has cricket become boring?
Yahoo! Cricket's answer: The short, simple answer: yes. Here's our reasoning.
One of the simplest laws of economics is the law of diminishing marginal utility. To explain it in lay terms, let's take the example of one's favourite ice-cream. Its first serving gives you immense pleasure. You help yourself to another scoop. It still tastes good. The glutton that you are, you take another scoop. But this time, it doesn't taste as good as the first time. You take yet another helping, and now you are feeling nauseous, knowing you've over-eaten. The joy — or utility — you derived from each extra helping kept diminishing. This is the problem with cricket today.
There's so much cricket these days, most of it without meaning or contest. It gives us fleeting joy. Largely, these moments don't linger in our long-term memory. The buffet of T20 competitions exemplifies this. Without straining our brains too hard, can most of us remember the top four teams of last year's IPL?
Another thing that makes cricket boring these days is the lack of contest between bat and ball. Rules are heavily tweaked in batsmen's favour, manipulated to make games high-scoring and attractive for TV audiences. This is why you no longer see great bowlers of the quality of Warne, McGrath, Wasim and Waqar emerging anywhere. Watching batsmen today is like seeing Muhammad Ali compete against a punching bag. Where is the joy in it?
Do you find cricket boring? Share your views in the comments below. We will republish the best comments.
(Updated on March 27) Thank you once again for your wonderful responses. The consensus is that overkill has deprived cricket of its earlier novelty. Here are some of the better comments.
Pranav from Salt Lake City says his love for the game remains undiminished: I still like cricket the same way as I used to 10 years back. Although due to so many ties these days, I do not watch every game like I used to before. In short due to increased number of matches, the craze has gone down but cricket for me is still as interesting as ever.
Monisha takes a thread and spins a goddam quilt out of it: Yes,
cricket is not what it used to be - white, clean, respectable and a GAME. High
time other games get some attention and we stop equating cricket with life and death!!!
Even if one hundredth of the attention and adulation given to Sachin (for what he does for a GAME 'he' loves PLAYING) can be given to the soldiers/IAS officers DYING SELFLESSLY for the country, some semblance of normalcy could be restored.
Red_Car agrees with Monisha, albeit in a tone more tempered: Too much of anything is good for nothing. Yes, it has become boring. Time to bring in another sport like football to the forefront.
Saurabh from New Delhi too blames an excessive amount of cricket: I don't think cricket is boring because of the lack in
quality. The boredom is a result of overkill.
Too many matches all through the year means that there's no premium attached to contests. Every team is playing every team frequently leading to a decline in interest.
True, there actually is an overdose of T20 & some other elements in the game today, but for a passionate cricket lover like me, boredom is something that can never ever be associated with the game.