ODIs have become predictable and monotonous: Robin Uthappa

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26 Jul 2022 | 07:23 AM
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ODIs have become predictable and monotonous: Robin Uthappa

The former India batter also reckons Jasprit Bumrah will be a great Test captain

With the recent retirement of Ben Stokes from One-Day Internationals (ODI) has opened a worldwide discussion of the relevance of the 50-over format. While some have called for it to be reduced to 40 overs, former India batter Robin Uthappa feels the format has made the game monotonous and rather predictable at times. 

"While T20 and Test cricket may continue, ODI may not," he said in an audio chatroom hosted by CricChat.

India have had multiple captains throughout the year, across formats, with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant leading the team. Uthappa believes Jasprit Bumrah, who led India recently against England would be an ideal captain in Tests, while picking Pant or KL Rahul for ODIs.

“According to me, Bumrah would be a great captain for Test cricket. For ODI, the choices would be KL Rahul or Rishab Pant," he said.

He further adds that Virat Kohli is a match-winner and nobody has the authority to tell him to take a break. it has been over three years since Kohli hit an international century and there have been calls from many corners for him to take a break. 

As a result, he has been rested for the limited-overs tour of West Indies. He is expected to return for the Asia Cup.  "He's a match winner and a proven one of the best in the world,” Uthappa, who won IPL 2021 with Chennai Super Kings (CSK), said.

Having dealt with mental health issues in the past, Uthappa said that he would be termed arrogant often due to his unwillingness to speak to people. "I wouldn't speak to people because I was dealing with a lot of issues internally, and that's why people thought of me as arrogant."

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