Everything That’s Wrong With World Cup Cricket
by Devanshu Mehta
The big point everyone seems to be making this week is that the terrific India v. England match last weekend was an excellent advertisement for the sport, brought the tournament alive and proved that One Day cricket is alive and well.
Quite the opposite.
The India v. England match was the exception that proved the rule. It reminded us of how good a One Day match could be, but almost always isn’t.
We have now been through fourteen matches at the World Cup, of which only two have been good-ish and one has been great. That is an abysmal ratio. The India v. England match was the one great day in the first two weeks of the tournament. And that one day won’t even affect who makes it to the quarter-finals.
The next five matches are not very promising either: England v. Ireland, Netherlands v. South Africa, Canada v. Pakistan, Bangladesh v. West Indies.
And surely One Day cricket is alive and well.
Until the IPL begins next month.
This is a tournament where the organizers have gone out of their way to make sure that all but one of India’s group matches are on the weekend. Let that sink in for a minute.
The only reason India’s match against the Netherlands is not on a weekend is that the tournament group stage spans five weekends, and India play six matches.
The two good-ish matches I cited above were the Netherlands v. England and Sri Lanka v. Pakistan.