We are the best in the world. We do not loose and if we do, it is a rare occasion. Yes, that is how any Indian fan looks at the Indian Cricket team. The men in blue have over the years earned themselves a position which differentiates them from the rest of the world. Be it skills or fitness, Virat Kohli and the boys are always at the top of the game.
However, this might change soon. According to cricket.com.au, an Australian cricket website, it might be the end of an era. Yes, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland told the website that there have been talks of scrapping the concept of five one-day internationals. He said that the ongoing series between India and Australia might just be the last of its kind.
But that’s not all. The concept might just get replaced by what one can say is a year full of cricket. The ICC is planning to launch a World Cricket League where all cricket playing nations will come together to play a single tournament. Each team will play against the other team with one home and one away game.
But the hard fact remains, players are not robots. Even the best needs rest. India currently plays a minimum six nations every year and most of them are at the home grounds. Following these tournaments is the Indian Premier League, a two-month tournament. Moreover, there are the T-20 world cup games and the Champions league to determine the best team in the T-20 format.
India is the heart of cricket all across the globe. The revenue generated by BCCI is more than what the governing body for Cricket ICC does. This makes every country want to play in India and thus all big cricketing countries plan their yearly schedule according to the series they will be playing against India.If the ICC comes up with a global league, India will be its top contender. But one needs to keep in mind that a number of games India plays in a year is almost as much one can play. With another league and the added pressure to win at any cost, team India might find itself in a position where the performance is doomed to fail. You can be the best team in the world, but without rest, you cannot expect 11 boys to win every game they play.