Stephen Fleming: Cricket is like soap opera...you get bored if you watch it frequently

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Stephen Fleming: Cricket is like soap opera...you get bored if you watch it frequently

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SportsCafe Desk

11/11/2016

Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming says too much of cricket can sometimes scrape the entertainment value of the game and that much like a soap opera, people can get bored of. Fleming was also full of praise for India's Virat Kohli calling him as a role model for the younger generation.

Stephen Fleming is of the opinion that cricketers playing multiple T20 leagues in order to earn more money is a part of the modern-day cricket. 

"Players are motivated by playing, so they are not going to say no. The catch is whether it is an Indian cricketer or a New Zealand player, they need to keep playing and making money. So, it's bit of a vicious circle," the former Kiwi skipper told IANS on Friday.

With cricket leagues being played around the year, Fleming felt that the audience could be fatigued after watching so many matches throughout the year and said that the sport needs a break much like a soap opera.

“There is no straight solution. So, it's reaching a crossroad where the cricket community had to say, 'Stop a little bit' because cricket too has to be entertaining. It's like a soap opera -- you get bored if you watch it frequently until something dramatic comes. Finding the balance is very important than saturating itself.

The former CSK coach was full of praise for Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli saying that the younger generation can look up to him fro inspiration.

“Kohli is right up there. His captaincy and style of play is making the next generation of Indians pretty powerful. He is funky, aggressive and a good-looking man with a wonderful fitness. I think he is a wonderful role model for the Indian youth,” he said.

"I think (Ravichandran) Ashwin, (Murali) Vijay and (Ajinkya) Rahane are moving up with him and getting fitter. This explains the behaviour that you should be proud of," the 43-year old added.

Fleming also opined that the tough conditions in the subcontinent and the toss played a major role in New Zealand's recent debacle in their tour of India.

"India is a very good team at the moment and they played very well. There were many factors and one of it is that the Indian conditions were so hot. Also, Indians winning the toss each time created a lot of pressure and I think there is genuine understanding that the performance of New Zealand was disappointing," the former Kiwi opener said.

Speaking about the DRS review system being implemented during India's ongoing series against England, Fleming said, "It brings uniformity across the game. Some games are played within the system and some without it. So it's not perfect, but hopefully it increases the right decision-making and helps young players out. Since it helps in making a right decision, I think it's there for the right reason."

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