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Thread: One Day Cricket vs Test Cricket....wts your choice

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    Default One Day Cricket vs Test Cricket....wts your choice

    Wo Acha Hay Tou Behtar, Bura Hay Tou Bhi Qabool
    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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    Fast and Furious: One Day Cricket




    Test of Skills

    According to most purists, one day cricket is the *******ized version of the 5-day game and therefore, the skills on display are arbitrary at best! However, we know that's not really the case as this format of cricket requires a slightly different set of skills.

    In the case of batsmen, the focus is on scoring quick runs. This means there's room for improvisation, and there are times when batsmen slog around in ways that would irk great test players of the days of old! With the scoring rate on his mind, guarding his wicket is seldom a batsman's priority.

    This means that cross-batted shots are encouraged, much to the chagrin of purists. However, this does not mean elegant stroke-play is completely absent--case in point, every hundred Sachin Tendulkar has ever made!

    For bowlers, the focus is on the economy rate and not always on wickets. While it's good to get regular breakthroughs, it's also acceptable to just keep the batsmen quiet and draw them into making mistakes. The bowlers play a waiting game here so one could say this is a batsman's game--especially as the rules are rather in their favour!


    Fitness


    One day cricketers need to be intense and lively on the field. They have to be active and should ideally be quick off the blocks. Since there is limited time on hand, it is common for players to up the tempo of the game--while bowling, batting and of course, fielding.









    Spectator Sport


    Given the short attention span of the YouTube generation, even this format seems a few hours too long. However, it is the more popular of the two formats. The fact that major competitions like the World Cup, Champions Trophy, Asia Cup, etc all adhere to this format is testament to the fact that this is the popular choice.



    Drama

    There is absolutely no shortage of drama in this format of the game. A well-contested one-day game is no less dramatic than a well-scripted movie--it has a great build up, its share of important characters and a brilliant climax! It must be said, however, that this form of cricket has seen its fair share of dull/one-sided games as well!




    Money Matters


    As of today at least, One-day cricket is the cash cow of the International Cricket Council. However, the T20 format is quickly catching up to it. The fact that the marquee tournament of the sport--the World Cup--is played in this format, makes it the truest form of the game as far as the sponsors are concerned. Also, since way more one-day games are played each year (to bigger crowds) than test matches, they automatically generate more money!
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    Slow But Strategic: Test Cricket

    Test of Skills

    Since this format is the basis of modern-day cricket, it's the perfect showcase of all rudimentary cricket skills. Still, every once in a while, we do see an innovative ploy adopted by players depending on the situation they're facing.

    However, for the most part, a batsman's focus is guarding his wicket by ensuring every ball is treated with due respect-- the bad ones need to be dealt with while the good ones need to be left alone! Stroke-play has to be fluid and not cross-batted. This is of course, batting 101, but it still holds true! There are the occasional fours and sixes, but ideally they're not meant to be slogged or toiled for.

    On the other hand, a bowler's sole focus is to get wickets. Patience is rewarded in the long form, as batsmen who are more defensive are occasionally tempted to probe at an unlikely delivery!












    Fitness


    Endurance is the name of the game when it comes to test cricket. A player may be able to sustain marathon sessions on the field by pacing himself. It would be in the best interest of a player to ensure he doesn't expend big bursts of energy, but instead keeps up the tempo throughout.

    That would be the conventional school of thought, but the improved fielding standards and efforts in the field that were initially seen in T20 are now de rigueur in Tests as well.


    Spectator Sport

    This is the true manifestation of the gentleman's game, unlike the more rock and roll one-day format. This appeals mostly to those who love cricket in all its glory--including the so-called boring defensive phases of a test match. However, this is clearly not meant for the masses, and is only meant for the select few who relish the idea of watching pure, unadulterated cricket.


    Drama

    Test cricket is more like a war that wages on for five days. It can get a little tedious at times, but like every great war, there are a few interesting battles being waged as well. In a good test match, a few bad sessions can be the difference between victory and defeat! However, just like the players, even spectators need to be patient, as the drama here is not as in-your-face as it is in the one-day game.


    Money Matters

    According to some experts, test cricket is now becoming an after thought, and this attitude is reflected in the revenue generated from this format. As a result, organizers and sponsors prefer the shorter version of the game, which yields more benefits and has far fewer overheads!
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    I like Test Cricket. I find it most interesting and the true form of cricket.
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    I support test cricket but I really get frustrated of it when some players seem to take ages to get set on crease.....c'mon man, test isn't a licence to play slow, is it?

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