Test Cricket, ODI Or T20I? Which Format Floats Your Boat?

What started off as a simple game in the beginning, cricket has now turned out to be divided in 3 formats - Test Cricket, ODIs and T20I

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: Dec 28, 2023 16:06 IST
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Cricket, a sport steeped in tradition dating back to the 17th century, has evolved remarkably, branching into three distinct formats: Test Cricket, One Day Internationals (ODIs), and T20 Cricket. Each format presents a unique appeal to cricket aficionados worldwide.

Test Cricket: The Ultimate Mental Battle

Considered as the most classic form of cricket, red ball cricket has stood the test of time and is being played since the 18th century. This format remains a testament to a player’s strategic acumen and adaptability. Its extended duration, while daunting for some viewers, offers unpredictable twists, often reshaping the game’s dynamics in a single session. The recently held World Test Championship Final between India and Australia became the most watched Test match ever in the country.



ODI Cricket: The 50-Over Extravaganza

The 50-over format witnessed a resurgence in 2023, especially during the ODI World Cup. Though it sometimes suffers from viewership lulls outside major tournaments due to its length, the recent tournament held in cricket-crazy India showcased its ultimate fandom in the country. The spectacle drew crowds in numbers, signaling that ODI cricket still has the capability to capture a good number of following along with a promising future.


T20 Cricket: The Instant Thrill Package

In response to dwindling attention spans, T20 Cricket emerged as a shorter, more explosive alternative, captivating audiences in a frenetic 4-5 hour window. The introduction of leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL) sparked unprecedented enthusiasm, pitting international stars hailing from one country against each other in an electrifying showcase. Leagues such as the IPL, Caribbean Premier League, Big Bash League and others have elevated the T20 format’s popularity across cricketing nations.



Each format boasts distinctive characteristics that set it apart. Yet, in the realm of revenue and viewership, T20 cricket appears to hold sway, leveraging its shorter duration and high-octane entertainment to capture a larger audience.

With the T20 World Cup 2024 coming in June 2024, the format could be seen gaining popularity in the host nation United States of America and the West Indies.

Also Read:IND Vs SA, 1st Test: Can Indian Bowlers Finish The Job On Day 3?

First published on: Dec 28, 2023 03:56 PM IST

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