CRICKET – KNOW ABOUT EVERY FORMAT OF IT.

Virat Kohli of RCB

Looking back at the game of cricket, it is well established in well over 30 countries in the world. However, only 11 countries playing all three formats of cricket – Test, ODI, and T20I – at the highest caliber. Let us deep dive into the evolution of this gentlemen’s game, from its roots to the modern day.

The game of cricket has its subsistence in history way back in 1725. It has been noted that the game was played mostly in Great Britain but they were prosperous in establishing the games in Commonwealth countries in or about the 19th century. However, the focus of this article is more on its international format than its roots.

1. test

steve smith celebrating
STEVE SMITH// PHOTO SOURCE – TWITTER

In a modern day, this format of cricket is being played for 5 days running, with both the teams getting a chance to bat and ball twice in the match. Each of this chance is known as an inning. Hence, test matches consist of four innings.

However, this was a six-day affair in the past with one day of rest between the third and fourth day, determinately making it a five-day game. However, times transmuted and so does the fitness levels, which sanctioned the decision to pan out the rest day and game being played for five continuous days.

As per history, the game at its international level was first played between the United States and Canada in the mid of 19th century, in its longest format called a test match. However, they are not the ones dominating the game in the modern day. Instead, its Commonwealth countries like India, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, England, etc.

2. LIMITED – OVERS FORMAT OF CRICKET

Over a period of time, the audience started feeling bored and felt that the game should play in a limited time to induce a result, to add excitement to the game, unlike test matches. The result of this desire is limited overs cricket, which evolved from strength to strength – from 50 overs to 20 overs & even 10 overs{not at international level but it is played in Saudi Arabia}.

In order to understand limited over cricket better, let us first understand what is an over.

An over is a collection of six deliveries being bowled to a batsman one after the other by the same person known as a bowler.

2a. ODI CRICKET

SACHIN TENDULKAR
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ODI or One-Day International, the format which is a limited over format. It consists of a total of 100 overs with each team getting 50 overs [300 balls]. This game is played in a single day for about three and half hour per inning, with the break of 45 minutes between the inning, thus making it an affair of approx. 8 hours.

This is the format being used to decide a world champion of the game once every four years like other popular sports.

2b. T20I CRICKET.

CHRIS LYNN IN BBL
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Twenty-20 cricket or popularly known as T20 is the shortest apperceived format of the game being played at international level. The format is quite akin to ODI, with the exception that each inning consists 20 overs instead of 50, thus making it an affair of merely 3.5 hours.

Evolution of this format has additionally brought in the glamour to the game since the format is magnetizing audiences more for and regalement than game’s core values. However, this is the popular format amongst the masses and have availed spread the game around the world, due to its shorter time and entertainment values.

The consequential thing to note here is that the test cricket still remains its best format bringing out the core values of the game like technique, physical endurance, toughness, concentration, and team ethics.

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