I am old-fashioned and love to watch cricket that is played in white clothes and with the red cricket ball but, having said that, I am not so hung up that I have not enjoyed its evolution – some would say the opposite – in the form of the one-day international and, more recently, the Twenty20 format. After all, these are different forms of a contest between bat and ball.
I believe in the need for cricket to keep pace with the developments in other sport and games as well. The infusion of colour, for example, was something that was waiting to happen. Coloured clothes – and the white cricket ball – came in to the sport back in the 70s, thanks to the onset of Kerry Packer-driven World Series Cricket.
When you watch team sport around the world – from football to hockey, from basketball to rugby – the first thing that strikes you is colour. Come to think of it, psychologists reckon that impression caused by colour can account for as much as 60 per cent of the acceptance or rejection of a product or service.
I am surprised it has taken years for someone to come up with coloured cricket shoes. But I liked what I saw on TV recently when young Vinay Kumar, son of a former autorickshaw driver in Davengere, turned up with a pair of red shoes. It went with his clothes and did not stick out as being an inelegant part of his attire.