Watching Cricket - Is It Boring These Days?
My daily routine for the last few years – immediately after I get up from the bed I browse the internet – I check my mails, glance through the major news stories and then go to Cricinfo website and update myself with all the latest in the cricketing world. This was true till almost end of last year. These days I never feel like visiting Cricinfo nor read in detail about the matches nor interested in seeing ball by ball telecast of majority of international matches.
In contrast, the last ball six Javed Miandad hit against Chetan Sharma to defeat
When I was young and following cricket religiously, the superstars in cricket field where Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath, Ravi Shastri, Srikanth, Mohd. Azharuddin and as I grew up, it was Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Ganguly. They attained superstardom after performing consistently in match after match, year after year. A cover drive by Gavaskar, a hook by Mohinder or flick by Azharuddin or a straight drive by Tendulkar or a cover drive by Ganguly or Kapil Dev bowling a perfect out-swinger were feast for the eyes.
Now in the last few years game has seen a sea change. With the eye on profits, matches gets played on pitches that offer no assistance to bowlers with short boundaries. “Elegant batting” made way to “power hitting” in modern cricket. With less technique and brutal power a batsman these days can easily score boundaries after boundaries. The boundaries these days (especially in Twenty20 format) is so short that a mishit can go for a sixer if hit with power. When you see such “pyjama cricket” you start developing an aversion to the game of cricket especially for those who have grown up seeing graceful cricket.
Now some players who have played some handful of games for
Too much cricket is another issue – in the name of promoting cricket, international matches are played every where across the globe round the year. On top of it all these IPL, ICL and now Champions League, matches between Test playing nations and ICC associated members. All these unimportant and over-commercialized matches slowly kill the true cricket fan.
What do you guys think about this? Do you feel the same enthusiasm in watching a cricket match involving