The Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli is the first to object and criticise the new 100-ball format pushed by England Cricket Board (ECB). The cricketer feels quality should never be compromised over the commercial aspects of the game. Virat Kohli, one of the world’s best batsmen, has valid reasons for not favoring this new format. The ECB’s new eight-team tournament is set to begin in 2020.
Virat Kohli already represents India in three existing formats – tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20s. Apart from this, he also plays the Indian Premier League every year for the Rajasthan Royals.
The cricketer believes that the 100-ball format of cricket will ‘reduce the quality of the game’. He told the Wisden Cricket Monthly:
“I wouldn’t say frustrated, but sometimes it can get very demanding of you when you have to play so much cricket regularly. I feel somewhere the commercial aspect is taking over the real quality of cricket and that hurts me”.
Initially, the 100-ball concept proposed two eight-team tournaments – both for men and women teams – and included 15 traditional six-ball overs, and a final 10-ball over, a 20-delivery shortfall on traditional T20 matches.
Kohli, who backed the T20 leagues, isn’t happy about the 100-ball format. He said, “For the people involved in the whole process and set-up, it will be exciting but I cannot think of one more format.”
He states further:
“In today’s time, so much cricket is played, this new tournament will put extra load on players. I think business aspect is getting heavier on the quality of cricket and I am worried. “
The Indian captain isn’t interested in any new format of cricket. He honestly stated,
“Honestly, I don’t want to be a testing sort of a cricketer for any new format. I don’t want to be someone who’s going to be part of that World XI who comes and launches the 100-ball format.”
He is, however, comfortable playing for IPL and BBl. He said, “I love IPL, watching the BBL because you’re competing against high-quality sides. I’m all for the leagues, but not to experiment.”
Recently, Pakistan’s spin great Saqlain Mushtaq said: “Virat Kohli is the only current player who comes close to matching the standards of Sachin Tendulkar”.
It looks like Virat has a mind of his own but also keeps his team’s betterment in it. Nothing can change his mind except when he wants to! What do you think of this new format?