New Delhi: Former India coach and legend Greg Chappell reckons that the One Day Internationals (ODI) format is totally safe considering the ongoing World Cup 2023 in India. He has assured this when many experts of the game have raised their voice over the format being ‘lengthy’ or not being able to attract viewers, contrary to what the world is witnessing in the ongoing mega event.
Talking exclusively to cricbuzz on Friday, Chappell heaped praise upon India batting star Virat Kohli as he reached the benchmark of being the only player in the game with 50 ODI centuries to his name, surpassing the past record of 49 centuries by Sachin Tendulkar. He scripted this history in India’s semifinal clash vs New Zealand in Mumbai. Chappell remarked upon the fact that he went past the Little Master to achieve the feat which in itself speaks about his batting performance.
He then dwelled on the World Cup saying it has been a great success and felt that ODI cricket is still alive and is thriving. “After Sunday, there will be some withdrawal symptoms felt by cricket fans the world over,” he said. Coming onto the finale clash between India and Australia, he said that the Aussies need to find something extra-special from within themselves, as they are looking to make it their sixth win out of the eight World Cup finals.
Chappell’s thoughts on rampant India
He said that the Indian side is looking invincible having played brilliantly in the past games. Known as a great cricketing mind, Chappell represented Australia in 87 Tests and 74 ODIs in his 14 years of career during the 70s and 80s