The Hundred cricket tournament, ECB’s 100-ball tournament, the inaugural season of which began with a women’s clash on 21st July, has received a lot of praise across the globe. However, legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar isn’t really impressed with the tournament. He stated that the cricket played in the tournament is ordinary and its coverage is average.
“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 also stated that if the same mistakes were made in the sub-continent then the former England players would have made a mockery of that.
“(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 at the ground is different but as far as first impressions go, it’s not been a great one.”
While Sunil Gavaskar hasn’t cut off the possibility of the tournament becoming a success, he stated that the tournament didn’t get the start it should have. He believes it will require a little more time to impress the fans.
“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 are currently at the top of the table with 3 points to their name, followed by Trent Rockets and Manchester Originals at second and third positions, respectively.