Absolutely! I mean, does this stat even matter now that ICC is hosting a marquee event for 3 consecutive years (2021 WTC; 2021 World T20; 2022 World T20; 2023 ODI WC)? By the end of the 2023 ODI WC, an ICC event would have become meaningless and not worthy of stats branding.
Yes, it was!Actually, ICC Knockout Cup was rebranded as ICC Champions Trophy in 2002
Dodda Ganesh, anyone ?:PMunaf Patel would be a better option
As far as I know, Unadkat gets most of his wickets through cutters or the angle that he uses to bowl. And I don't quite think that it does make a sense to play a bowler who hasn't played Test Cricket for more than 10 years now. Ishant, Shami, Bumrah & 2 spinners should be a good combination for Southampton. And Shardul does swing the red ball quite effectively from what I've seen of him.
They have already become meaningless Sai. The illogical expansion in number of events with reduced number of teams doesn't bode well for any sport. Even the CWC lost some of its sheen with a reduced number of teams competing. If the idea is simply to limit the game among the top teams, then the CWC simply becomes an extension of the 8-team ICC CT.
Yes, it was!
I'd still bat for the Knockout. The sheer madness,pressure and win at cost mentality of those games made for interesting viewing. South Africa won the first, NZ the second. Further editions of this could have seen the tournament being expanded to 16 teams , akin to FIFA's round of 16.
Would love to see this back in action!
Dodda Ganesh, anyone ?:P
we got that in the 2011 and 2015 world cups
the only reason why icc wont allow knockout cup in 2021 is the number of matches. knockout cups have 7 matches and that is it. the broadcasters want atleast like 20 matches in a tournament to gain $$$
Indeed!And the common people will still watch everything and the viewership will instead increase because they are generalising it for everyone like women children etc and not just cricket enthusiasts to generate more viewership and in turn more $$$.
Was reading an article on this recently, but I feel maybe BCCI missed a trick by not giving Jaydev Unadkat another chance at the test level, after his massively stellar Ranji season in 2019-20 where he picked up 67 wickets in Saurasthra's title run (and I hear most of his wickets were on docile non bowler friendly surfaces?). In the absence of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, a good swing bowler and that too a left armer could've added good variety to the pace attack. England conditions are different from Australia and maybe an Unadkat could've been preferred over Shardul Thakur or Umesh Yadav. Most of our bowlers picked for the WTC final and the England tests are 'hit the deck' kinda bowlers. Unadkat could've given a nice dimension with his left arm and swing skills.
Don't quite think Boult has been more effective than Wagner who looked the only option keeping out if we keep recent form in mind. They've got 3 genuinely good Test pacers so the 4th one is always going to be a luxury. If not Boult than it would be Southee who could be kept out. But given the recent England series it would be unfair on him.And leave out their best bowler?