While many former England cricketers are liking & applauding the newly launched the hundred tournament, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is not at all impressed by the hundred ball tournament. Sunil Gavaskar termed the quality of cricket in the Hundred as ‘insipid’ & the coverage as “average”.
The inaugural edition of the Hundred started on July 21 with the women’s clash between the Oval Invincibles & Manchester Originals at the Oval. The men’s competition began a day later on 22nd July. In his column for Mid-day, Sunil Gavaskar said that the cricket played in the Hundred has been disappointing so far. He wrote, “Having seen it on TV, the only word that comes to mind is insipid. The cricket is ordinary and the coverage average with basic mistakes in player information.”
Sunil Gavaskar further added that if such mistakes were made by India then the tournament would have been mocked by former England cricketers. “Such mistakes If made in the sub-continent would have been mocked at especially by the former England players, not to speak of the headlines that the tabloids would have generated. The former players are raving about the crowds but here too as yet the fierce loyalty of the franchise fans is not seen. Maybe, the experience on the ground is different but as far as first impressions go, it’s not been a great one having seen it on TV, the only word that comes to mind is insipid. The cricket is ordinary and the coverage average with basic mistakes in player information”, Gavaskar added in this column.
The former India captain feels that the hundred tournament hasn’t got off to the desired start & will require some time to win the hearts of the spectators. Giving an example of IPL in which Brendon McCullum smashed a hundred in the very first match, Gavaskar wrote, “Unlike the IPL, which was given a vertical take-off by Brendon McCullum’s incredible innings in the very first match, The Hundred hadn’t quite got that and so may take a little more time to get the hearts of the spectators.”
The Oval Invincibles lead the men’s tournament in the hundred by registering one win & one no result. The same team is at the top of the Points table in the women’s tournament also after winning both their matches so far.