Former Indian Opener Sunil Gavaskar expressed his displeasure over the ongoing ‘The Hundred’ tournament in England. The hundred starts this month after being postponed last year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, Sunil Gavaskar pointed out several mistakes with the competition.
The Hundred, organized by the England Cricket Board (ECB), is a 100-ball tournament that kicks off on July 21, with the women’s competition first taking place between The Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at the Oval. The men’s edition began a day later.
Sunil Gavaskar, who watched it on TV, remarked that the tournament looks sluggish as the coverage looks mediocre and observes errors in the player information. The 72-year-old declares that former English cricketers would be torn apart if such things happened in India. The veteran of 125 Tests believes the experience on site can be excellent; however, the first impressions are not so good.
‘After watching it on TV, the only word that comes to mind is slack. The cricket is ordinary and the coverage is average with basic errors in player information. If it was made in the subcontinent, especially the former English players would have mocked, not to mention the headlines the pony newspapers would generate. The former players are raving about the crowd, but even here the franchise fans are not yet seen. Maybe the experience on the ground is different, but as far as the first impression is concerned, it has never been a wonderful experience, ” Gavaskar writes in his column for Mid-day.
It might take a little more time to get the spectators’ hearts: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar further claimed that The Hundred did not do so, unlike IPL who came down with Brendon McCullum’s flaming century. The cricketer therefore believes that the tournament can take time to get into the hearts of the people.
‘Unlike the IPL, which allowed Brendon McCullum’s incredible innings to rise vertically in the first game, The Hundred has not yet managed to do so, and so it may take a little longer to get the spectators’ hearts, he added.