Sachin and Kumble's suggestion for 25 over (x2) and 40 over format respectively for the one dayer looks like they want to revv up the throttle even in this slightly longer version of the game. But how far can you press the adrenalin accelerator?
Assuming that the slam-bang version of the game has the highest excitement quotient, ask any cricket enthusiast and he will inevitably swear by the first few and last over’s of the match. The rush of adrenalin , brought about by the pace of change is always exciting. Its the middle over’s that a trifle little sedate and boring and I think that is at the center of this reformatting suggestions .
The batsman consolidating, scratching and accumulating runs and preserving wickets for the final flourish while the opposite team trying to further peg them down has never been an exciting proposition in the short form of the game. The graph that usually depicts this phase is a drooping curve or at best a staid flat line while the tendency is to seek a rocket like trajectory.
Is it a universal phenomena that got to do with everything ranging from sports to general change encompassing everything from project management to human lives? On this Rosabeth Moss Kanter has an interesting insight, she says ‘Welcome to the miserable middles of change. This is the time when Kanter's Law kicks in. Everything looks like a failure in the middle. Everyone loves inspiring beginnings and happy endings; it is just the middles that involve hard work’.