Saturday, September 15, 2007

Bowl(ed) Out byTwenty-20…….


Yesterday we witnessed a great Twenty-20 match between India And Pakistan.

It had all the ingredients of a typical Hollywood thriller… The ups and Downs of fortunes for the two teams, the Hope and anguish of the players and in the end a stunning surprise result when all was supposed to be over. The final bowl out was a fitting finale to this game.

Very Few ODI Games have turned up to be so exciting in recent times. The last match which was this exciting was the World cup semi final between Australia and South Africa. As usual many News channels in India were discussing weather or not the bowl out was fair. Well the Cricketing greats alwayscompare Cricket to life and life is not always fair. However I do not see a better option than this. It was equally unfair when South Africa had to return home after a splendid performance in the semifinal, as they had lost to Australia during the super six stage.

The Twenty-20 World cup has been an absolute success till now. Chris Gayle’s Classic century, Zimbabwe defeating the world champions, Bangladesh ensuring that the West Indies go home packing even before India, Australia and Sri Lanka played their first match. Twenty-20 Cricket is here to stay. Navjot Singh Siddhu may call it ”Chaddi Cricket”, but what ever be the counter argument for the Twenty-20 World cup, this has been the most exciting tournament ever organized by the ICC.

It would be very interesting to see how many games in Twenty-20 actually end in a draw. There have been 20 odd games in the one day version and 2 games in the test version of the game which have ended in a draw, but the probability of a draw is very remote in the Test and one day versions. We might probably be seeing a lot more of the bowl outs in the coming world cup matches with all the good test playing nations with the exception of West Indies making it to the super 8 stage.

But what happens to the Test matches?? Do they just fade off into the darkness or is there still hope for it. Test cricket may be the longest version of the game but it is also the finest form of Cricket. Even if Twenty-20 becomes the norm of cricket in the coming years, it will be in Test Cricket that a player will have to prove his metal if he wants be recognized as a good player. I guess Test cricket is still not Bowl(ed) out by Twenty-20.

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