The Hundred – the UK-based tournament has started already from July 21 with the women’s clash between the Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at The Oval. and it has impressed a number of former England players. However, it is yet to impress Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar. The former India captain referred to the quality of cricket in The Hundred as ‘insipid’ and he also didn’t like the coverage as he claimed it is “average.”
In his column for mid-day, Gavaskar wrote: “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.”
Sunil Gavaskar further added that if these mistakes have been made in the sub-continent, then ex-England cricketers would have mocked the tournament.
However, the player turned renowned commentator has stated in his column: “(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.”
However, the former India captain did not rule out the possibility that The Hundred will be a successful one, but he also shared that the event didn’t have the desired start as well. He also gave the example of the Indian Premier League and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum hit a hundred in the very first match.
Sunil Gavaskar concluded: “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.”