One-day cricket revolutionised the game. All of a sudden, a game that had been played over multiple days with unlimited overs was compressed to fit within the confines of one day and 60 overs per team. This was later to become 50 overs each, creating the game we have come to know.
Over the years the game has changed significantly. Initially it was seen as being a shorter test match, with teams looking to score at a faster rate than the longer form but reluctant to take risks to do so. However, as the game progressed, this soon changed, and particularly with the advent of Twenty20 in the middle of the last decade, batsmen are now prepared to take more risks, and higher scores have ensued.
In recent years the one-day game has suffered, and many have questioned whether it has a future on the international scene.
For now, though, it soldiers on and has entered its fourth decade. Recently we have seen two all-time greats leave the game in Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar. Ponting leaves all international cricket while Tendulkar will continue to play test matches but will hang up the coloured uniform for good.
Both men leave as undisputed greats. To appreciate just how good these two have been, take a look back and see the company they are in as we pick out the ten best of the best in the 50-over game to form the perfect team..