ODI Cricket Explained: What Is One-Day Match In Cricket?
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ODI Cricket Explained: What Is One-Day Match In Cricket?

Most of the great cricket purists will acknowledge it that the best album of thrilling and hunky-dory cricket stories lie in One Day International Cricket. ODI cricket is the elegance of all formats of cricket. The fans of ODI cricket are increasing day by day that any other game in the universe. For more convenience of the real cricket lovers, we are here with the explanation of ODI cricket. Let's enjoy it.

How Is ODI Cricket Different Than Other Formats?

ODI format is very much different compared to other formats. It is not as short as T20 and not as long as a Test Cricket Match. Let's see how it differs from the remaining two formats starting from ball to skills and pitch of the format.

Balls and Clothes: One-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket use white balls and colored clothing. When it comes to Test cricket, then it is red balls and white clothes. And, another difference is white balls are harder than the red balls. 

Colored Kits in cricket were first introduced in 1992
Picture: Colored Kits in cricket were first introduced in 1992 (Picture Credit: Pinterest)
Style of play: In the One Day cricket match, players try to score maximum score irrespective of the bowlers and situation. A team can even hit the bigger shorts to the opposition bowler which consider difficult to play. But, when it comes to Test cricket, a good bowler can swing a lot and batsman tries to save his wicket rather than playing risky shots. 
Skills: Some players are great for Test matches, and at the same time, some are great for limited over matches like ODI or T20. Cricket is a game of talent and mastery; so, some are perfect for both formats.
Pitch: The cricket pitch brings a big difference to each format. Generally speaking, in One Day Match conditions of the pitch are in favor of batsman to score more runs while in Test it is vice versa. 

Rules of ODI Cricket

Field Restrictions:

In one-day international cricket, the fielding side can have a maximum of two fielders outside of the 30-yard ring in the first ten overs, which is known as mandatory power play overs. From 11 to 40 overs, a maximum of four fielders is allowed outside the ring. And, the numbers of the fielders increase up to five fielders in the last ten overs. 

The Rule of Time Out:

When a batsman gets out, the following batsman should come to the crease within three minutes to bat. Otherwise, the attendant batsman will be declared out. 

New Balls:

The fielding team can use two new balls in an innings in ODI cricket. Remember, if the match is less than 25 overs, then only one new ball is given. 

No appeal No Out:

Yes, indeed it is. The appeal is a must consideration in One Day Cricket Match. If a batsman gets out through caught behind, LBW, or other possible means, the batsman considered not out until the fielding side doesn’t appeal for it. So, the appeal is obligatory that says ODI Play Rules #27.

If Bails don’t fall:

When the bail is completely removed over the stumps when the ball hits it, the batsman is declared out. At the same time, if the ball hits the wicket and the bails don't fall from the stumps, then the batsman will be declared not out.

The Rules for injured Players:

If an injured player goes outside of the field and doesn't inform the umpire when returns, then five runs will be cut from the total score of the fielding team.

Shot Playing Time:

It is observed that sometimes the bowler is ready to deliver the ball, but the batsman is not ready yet to face it. Here the ODI Play Rules is if the batsman doesn't get ready within two minutes, the batsman is asked not to repeat it by on-field umpires. If he repeats, the umpire is entitled to grant five runs to the fielding team.  

Disturbing the Batsmen:

If the opponent team's player disturbs the batsman, before the ball is delivered, umpires have the right to report the ball as a dead ball. They also can award five runs to the batting team. 

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The Strategy to Play ODI Cricket 

As it is one day cricket, the batsman aims to score as many runs as possible. And, the bowler aims to restrict the opponent team to lowest scores possible.

Bowler bowling with aggression
Picture: Bowler bowling with aggression (Picture Credit: Pinterest)
Players and equipment: Like other formats of cricket, in one day cricket, each team consists of eleven players with different roles, including batsman, bowlers, wicket-keepers, and fielders. The batsman can wear essential guards, including leg guards, thigh guards, gloves, inner thigh guards, a helmet, and chest guard. All the players wear spiked shoes and colored clothing. 
Scoring: One day cricket is a style of defensive and attacking cricket together. The openers are free to hit the balls for sixes and fours to hone a winning score at the beginning. If the starts are bulky, then the following batsmen can score more runs with less pressure.

But the bowler's strategy is sending the batsmen to the pavilion one by one. When the initial fast bowlers are failed to make a better impression, spin bowlers come to resist the batsmen to score high.
Winning the Game: It's like other cricket formats, one team will bat first, and one team will field. The batting team will try to do a high score as possible within the 50 overs, and the bowling team will try to out the batters and keep the bowl within the boundary.

After that, the second team will do the batting to meet the target of the first team. If they fail to reach the target, they lose, and if they reach the target, they win.

ODI Cricket World Cup

Probably the most prestigious tournament of international cricket is ODI World Cup which takes place every 4th year. So far a total of 12 world cups have been played, out of which Australia is on the top with 5 World Cups Victories. Let's have a look at the complete list of ODI World Cup Winners teams.

2019EnglandNew Zealand
2015AustraliaNew Zealand
2011IndiaSri Lanka
2007AustraliaSri Lanka
1996Sri LankaAustralia
1983IndiaWest Indies
1979West IndiesEngland
1975West IndiesAustralia

Meet the 2019 Cricket World Cup Winning Team, EnglandPicture: Meet the 2019 Cricket World Cup Winning Team, England (Picture Credit: Pinterest)

Best ODI Cricket Teams

Gaining the top position in the world ODI cricket ranking is a magnificent achievement for any team. Right now, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia are the top-ranked team according to the latest announcement of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Now let's have a look at the below chart where we place the top 10 ODI cricket teams in the world.

ODI Rankings as of 1st January 2020
RankCountryPoints Rating
3New Zealand112
4South Africa110
8Sri Lanka81
9West Indies80

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