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ODI cricket is ‘seriously’ struggling: Rahul Dravid

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Lower-order contribution good for Indian cricket : Former captain Rahul Dravid
Lower-order contribution good for Indian cricket : Former captain Rahul Dravid

I think one-day cricket is seriously struggling. One-day cricket, without a context, is struggling. One-day cricket, if you look at it from the point of view of Champions Trophy or the World Cup, is relevant,” he said at an interactive session after delivering the 6th Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture here.
“I think all the other one-day cricket should actually be driven towards playing Champions Trophy and World Cup. I think there are meaningless one-day games and too many one day games can actually be a problem.
“So, that is something that can be cut off and people can play less one-day (bilateral) cricket and more ODI tournaments,” Dravid said.
“When you have three formats of the game and playing 10 months a year and playing different tournaments, it is going to be harder and harder on players to manage the workload,” the 41-year-old cricketer said.
Speaking about the proliferation of illegal bowling actions with highly successful Pakistan off-spinner Saaed Ajmal having recently banned for it, Dravid said ‘chucking’ was not a crime but a technical fault that can be corrected.
“The ICC has a rule in place. When they reviewed a lot of old film footage they actually found that having that elbow bent at 15 degrees was actually pretty normal. That is what everyone was doing. Glenn McGrath had a slight bend in his elbow but up to 15 degrees, so he was not chucking. They have a system in place.
“What I am really glad about is that they are enforcing it strictly and they are reviewing it. I give them the benefit of doubt. The ICC is being more vigilant and they are not saying that once you have cleared in 2009, you can’t be checked again. So they have got to keep monitoring it and watching it closely and if bowlers develop different kinds of deliveries, then why not have them checked?”

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