Prior to the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup at South Africa, I (and also millions of others like me) hadn’t watched a single T20 matche. And when they did, I would say they were hooked. The longer versions of the game might have more grace, but this format of the sport isn’t about gracefulness, it’s just full throttle ahead. And everyone seems to enjoying the exhilarating pace.
Two teams who ingloriously exited in the very first round of the ODI World Cup early this year meeting in the finals of the World Championship of the new format of the game is good for the game. Because it is the Subcontinent which helps sustain interest in the game in all its formats and it is here where the money flows from. And the manner Yuvraj Singh is hitting the ball, the revenues have the potential of going higher than his sixers.
It was the success of the first World Cup (the Prudential Cup) in 1975 which brought One-Day cricket into the limelight and following South Africa T20 is here to stay. Just hope that in the future they don’t narrow it down to the five-overs-a-side matches that we played in our locality.
And it feels good to see the Aussies humbled. This also is good for the game.