Usman Khawaja, an Australian batter, thinks that ODI cricket is “dying,” but he thinks that Test cricket is still going strong. He said that ODI is third out of all the types of cricket and that it is “slowly dying.” He admitted that being good at all kinds of games is hard, but not impossible.
The Australian opener showed how much a player who can play all types of cricket has to travel away from home. He said that, other than the ODI World Cup, which he thinks is fun, he doesn’t like One-Day International cricket as much as the other two types.
ESPN Cricinfo reported that Khawaja said, “I think that (ODI) is probably the third-best of all of them. I think one-day cricket is dying a slow death. There’s still the World Cup, which is fun and fun to watch, but other than that, I’m probably not as interested in one-day cricket as much as I used to be.”
Khawaja said, “Not impossible, but very hard. There is so much travel. You’re not really at home if you play all three versions of the game. And then there are the mental and physical demands on your body, and a lot of the guys might also be playing in the IPL.”
Over the last ten years or so, Khawaja has been a regular member of Australia’s Test team. He played his first game for Australia in January 2011 against England in Sydney. He has played in 51 Tests, 40 ODIs, and nine T20Is.
He was also on Australia’s team for the 2019 World Cup, which took place in England. Khawaja has scored 5,570 runs for the Men in Yellow, with an average of 44.20. He has 14 hundreds, 30 fifties, and a high score of 174.
The 35-year-old said, “Most people I talk to still love Test cricket. It’s my favourite. Test cricket is still very popular, so I don’t see it going away anytime soon. Think both [Tests and T20] can be balanced pretty easily, but then you have to ask, “What does one-day cricket give?”