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Contemporary Cricket, interesting or not?


Gone are those days when the test matches used to last for all the 5 days, gone are those days when cricket was considered to be an even contest between the bat and the ball, gone are those days when the pitch was just a platform/turf which is used for the sport.

With the new generation bats, the short boundaries, and the lack of quality in the bowling, the gentleman's sport is tending towards batsmen.

Sachin Tendulkar is considered as one of the greatest batsmen, we all are aware of his achievements and records, Ricky Pointing is one the Australian greats, Jacques Kallis from South Africa, Inzamam from Pakistan, and many more. One common factor among all these players and what made them great was their resilience and playing in the same era facing quality bowlers.

Talking about the bowlers do we remember Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose from West Indies? Glenn Mcgrath and Brett Lee from Australia, Shaun Pollock and Ntini from South Africa, Wasim and Waqar from Pakistan and many more. These are some of the prominent bowlers that cricket has ever witnessed.

The common factor between these batsmen and bowlers was that they have played in the same era and most of the batsmen have faced these bowlers and showed why they are remembered as great players, and most of these bowlers have picked up these batsmen and showed why they are remembered as great players.

Cricket as a sport was enjoyed and embraced when there was an even competition between the bat and the ball.
That was the time when the average score of an ODI was 250, and test matches were played all the five days. 

With the contemporary cricket what we witness is completely contrasting, the average score in an ODI is close to 300, and it is very rare to witness a test match get into the fifth day.

The runs are flowing like water gushing through the opened dam gates, the wickets are getting dried as a drought-stricken place. The reason is still a poking enigma, there sure are some class bowlers to push the batsmen on to the back foot.

However, we cannot compare the Cricket of both the eras, the conditions are different, the players are different, the politics are different, the mindset is different and many more.

With all this said is this Cricket interesting anymore? or will that Cricket remain interesting forever?

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