Former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya has joined the conversation around making One Day Internationals (ODIs) more competitive by supporting Waqar Younis’ suggestion for changes in the format. Younis had earlier urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to introduce new parameters regarding the use of two balls in an ODI innings.
In response to Younis’ tweet, Jayasuriya not only backed the idea but also brought in the legendary Sachin Tendulkar into the discussion. He stated, “I agree with @waqyounis99; some changes have to be made. If @sachin_rt had the privilege to bat with two balls and under the current power play rules in our era, his runs and centuries would have doubled.”
Waqar Younis had proposed the use of two new balls to start an innings, removing one ball after 30 overs, and continuing with the other. This, according to him, would bring back the art of reverse swing, making ODIs more challenging for batsmen.
Waqar earlier tweeted
“ODI cricket is too friendly for batters Suggestion @ICC 2 new balls to start, take away 1 ball after 30 overs, continue with the other. At the end that ball will only be 35 overs old. We’ll see some reverse at the end. Save the art of #ReverseSwing Comments please.”
Sachin Tendulkar, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, scored a total of 100 international centuries in his career. While he accumulated 51 centuries in red-ball cricket, his tally stood at 49 in the fifty-over format. Jayasuriya’s comment suggests that Tendulkar’s records might have been even more impressive under the proposed changes.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023, Virat Kohli is on the verge of surpassing Tendulkar’s record for the most centuries in ODIs. Kohli recently equaled Tendulkar’s record, notching up his 49th ODI century.