Similar to how 2022 focused on the T20I format, this year will belong to the fifty-over game because of the upcoming ICC World Cup in India in October. However, there is a growing notion that the format will lose its charm after the prestigious cup, and several players will give up on ODI cricket to focus on the other two.
Last year, Ben Stokes and Aaron Finch retired from the One-Day format to focus on the Tests and T20Is. Meanwhile, several players and experts, including Ravichandran Ashwin and Aakash Chopra, strongly believed that the ODI is dying due to its boring nature.
The latest to jump on the bandwagon and criticised ODIs is former India opener Robin Uthappa.
Uthappa, who retired from the IPL, has marked his presence at the inaugural ILT20 league and is the league’s top scorer with 122 runs.
The 37-year-old, playing for Dubai Capitals, stated that no person has the time to invest seven hours in a game, and the ODIs will slowly fade away as the shorter format will grow more than ever.
“In today’s times, the viewers dictate which format will grow and evolve. I believe the T20 and T10 are here to evolve and grow while the ODIs will go downhill.”
Uthappa further laid the importance of T10 cricket and said it is the perfect format for associate countries to grow. “For teams like Germany and China, T10 is a great version for them to evolve.”