No problem in One-day format: Ganguly

Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly came out strongly in support of the existing One-day format and said it was serving the game fine.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly today came out strongly in support of the existing One-day format and said it was serving the game fine. "I believe One-day cricket is doing just fine and there is no reason why it should be tampered with," said Ganguly. The skipper felt the One-day game is competitive enough in its present format and the one-bouncer an over rule had done a world of good to limited-overs cricket. "It could be said about the One-day games of past that they could become flat at certain times. But the one-bouncer rule has brought a competitive equation to it," remarked Ganguly. "Now a good bowler has the freedom to test out a batsman. It is not as if the batsmen are having a free run all the time. But for fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs, a fielding side and a bowler are free to do whatever they want to on a cricket field," he added. Ready for records The Indian skipper is one of the world's all-time great One-day batsmen with 9,049 runs from 236 games, which includes 22 centuries. He is sixth in the all-time list of most runs in One-day cricket but in terms of centuries and average he is behind only Sachin Tendulkar. Ganguly trails Tendulkar (12,748 from 322 games), Inzamamul Haq (9,389 from 305), Mohammad Azharuddin (9,378 from 334), Aravinda de Silva (9,284 from 308) and Sanath Jayasuriya (9,172 from 308) in the all-time list. But it is not beyond him to score 341 runs from the next seven league games – and possibly 10 including the finals – to perch himself right behind Tendulkar. Cricketers react Former Australian captain Greg Chappell had also said that One-day cricket was becoming too much batsman-oriented and there was not much for bowlers in this format of the game. "I believe One-day cricket could retain its interest if there is a contest between bat and ball. Without it, the game could turn out to be too flat," said Chappell. Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak had last week given a call for revamping of One-day cricket if it was to retain spectators' interest. Streak had pleaded for flexibility in the fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs, saying the game was becoming too predictable between 16 and 40 overs. "If I could use the 15 overs in blocks of say five overs each, it would allow me to experiment more. It might help change the quiet period you often get in games between 14 and 40 overs," Heath had said. (PTI)