5 Changes in ODI cricket since World Cup 2015
The ODI format has grown leaps and bounds since the last World Cup and some of the changes will determine the fate of the teams in this edition.
Published - May 19, 2019 6:20 pm
Updated - May 19, 2019 6:20 pm
The stage is set for the 10 best teams in the cricketing world to engrave their names in the annals of the gentleman’s game with the World Cup 2019. The last six months were used up for planning and preparations and now it is time for execution. England is the host country, and the tournament will present some memorable moments to the players and fans. It is the 12th edition of this coveted championship, and undoubtedly it is the most celebrated event in this sport.
The World Cup is adored by the audience as it is played once in 4 long years. The previous edition was a huge success with Australia winning the title for a record fifth time in 2015. A lot has changed in the last 4 years, the scores posted by teams have skyrocketed, there is a whole new bunch of players around, the rules have been tweaked, the level of competition and athleticism on the field has evolved as well.
Thus we take a look at things that have changed in ODIs since the World Cup 2016:
1. England’s turnaround as ODI team:
The Three Lions had always been a conservative side in the white ball format, and it was the main reason for their ouster from the group stages of the 2015 World Cup. It was a disastrous campaign for the Eoin Morgan-led side as their style of play never matched the other teams. They were heavily criticized, and the captain took it on the chin and in the span of 4 years, he has overhauled the outlook of the English team completely.
Morgan opted to back the youngsters who played an attacking brand of cricket, and now their batting line-up gives a scare to even the best of bowling line-up. Brits played 21 ODI series since the last World Cup and have won 17 of them. The team is full of free-flowing batsmen, and each of them is a match-winner on their own.
The home team is entering the event with the favourite tag attached to the name as they have crossed the 400 marks 4 times after their debacle in 2015, and currently they are the No.1 ODI ranked team. They have some of the most explosive batsmen in Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, skipper Morgan and Jos Buttler.