Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has heaped praises on the new ‘The Hundred’ tournament, which is currently taking place in England. In his Youtube channel, Ravi Ashwin shed light on the 100-ball tournament and urged everyone to give their opinions only after watching the game. Ashwin’s remarks came after Sunil Gavaskar criticized the tournament earlier.
Sunil Gavaskar earlier stated that the tournament is a league with “average cricket” and basic cricket.
“Hundred is a franchisee format with 100 balls introduced by ECB in 2018. It is formatted as 10 balls for one over and a total of 100 balls per innings. As soon as it was announced in 2018, many places including Warwickshire conducted minor leagues. Club cricket played this format on Sundays. This was introduced to check if players can get used to new rules and the format. Those who did not understand this format commented vaguely about frequent changes in rules and format. Innovation is not encouraged and is often misunderstood. When someone films a movie, we should watch it in the theatre and then criticise it,” Ashwin said in his YouTube video.
“Giving irrelevant statements even before going to the theatre doesn’t work. We should appreciate the attempt and give credit to it. I watched the initial games and they were too good. I watched a women’s game between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals. Though names were different, the game was outstanding and women’s cricket is here to stay. I will be glad if women’s IPL is all set to happen. There are 5-6 women’s cricket teams playing extremely well in the global arena, while there are only 3-4 men’s teams playing well,” Ashwin added.
The Hundred is a hundred-ball tournament introduced by England and Wales Cricket Board. The idea was introduced in 2018, while the first draft of the league took place in 2019. Eight city-based teams were allowed to pick respective 15-members squads, which include three overseas cricketers. The Hundred was originally scheduled to be played in 2020 but due to the COVID-19 crisis the tournament had to be postponed until 2021.