It seems that India’s legend cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, has become a big fan of splitting an ODI innings into two halves and that is why, he welcomed Cricket Australia’s move to split innings experiment this summer.
Thirty-seven-year-old Sachin Tendulkar is talking in favor of a split innings experiment for some time. Behind his advocate of this new method, he said that it would help to improve the balance of day/night contests as well as reduce the effect of the coin toss.
Among the cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar first suggested that one-dayers should be split into two innings in September 2009.
He had explained the way of playing game under this method,
"First, they played 50 overs and we played two overs before the rain interruption. The next day, Sri Lanka again played 50 overs and we played eight. In the end we were declared joint winners. 110 overs and still no result! That is when I thought we should have 25 overs first for one side and then the other. And then once again 25 overs for one side and then the other."
He also said that the idea of splitting ODI innings first came to him in 2002 when the final match of the Champions Trophy between India and Sri Lanka ended in a draw despite playing 110 overs in two days.
He also explained that how each team will be benefited with the use of this method. He also said that the effect of toss will be reduced in this new method. Both teams will get equal advantage.
Still the fate of the match largely depends on the toss. Under the new method, both teams will have to bat under lights in a day-night match.
Tendulkar thinks that it would help to add some excitement of the game in the age of Twenty20. If the method is put into practice then players will be able to figure out how good the new system is.