With the inception of T-20 cricket in 2005 there has been a change in the way young cricketers play their game. T-20 has made the batsman more fearless, play more innovatively leading to sieazable scores in fewer balls. The likes of Akshar Patel, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and other young talents have impressed a lot lately. They were blessed with the exposure of playing with the greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid – The wall of Indian Cricket , VVS Laxman and learnt about the game.
T-20 format especially the Indian Premier League has attracted a lot more people into the stadiums. The television viewer’s number has increased in leaps and bounce. People love to see the batsman hit sixes and fours. The pitches in T-20 are very batting friendly. The crowds come to watch and love to see exciting finishes with matches going to the last over and sometimes even the last ball.
T-20 format has been a way for the players to be considered into the national squads. Even if not picked up for the national team, many small town boys make a name for themselves by playing in the T-20 tournament making enough money from this format.
So here we look at the impact of T20 on Modern day cricket –
The likes of Gayle, McCullum, Warner, Raina who are power-hitters have revived the stroke-play through this version of the game. What started as the target as 130-140 in 20 overs, has now reached setting targets in the range of 200+ at times. Even chasing a target over 200 has been possible because of hurricane batting. This influence of this format has reached the One day internationals fixtures as the players are looking to score runs at a faster rate.
In the Indian team, the likes of Virat Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Yuvraj have changed the mindset of batting. They are not afraid of hitting through the line. Indians are powerhouse in the T-20 format, winning 1 World cup in 2007 and being the runners up in 2014. The players are playing the reverse sweep, paddle sweep off fast bowlers in which Ab de villiers is arguably the best.
Since the bowlers have to bowl only 4 overs they prefer bowling stump to stump. The bowlers have to try new variations to deceive the batsman. Bowling Yorkers is the fashion and the need of game particularly in death over’s. The not so regular bowlers in longer version can be an asset in T-20 bowling like Raina for India, Kieron Pollard for West Indies.
Lasith Malinga, Sunil Narine, Saeed Ajmal, Dale Steyn have succeeded tremendously in this format of the name as It requires a lot of thinking and skill to bowl in T-20 otherwise the bowlers will go for plenty of runs.
T-20 format also has helped to raise the standard of fielding. The catching has improved a lot due to the nature and demand to save as many runs as possible. The younsgters are not shy to dive and take some acrobetic catches that can change the course of the game.
The negative impact of T-20 are
1. Defensive batting skills and patience to stay at the wickets are becoming rare.
2. Bowling for more than 5-6 overs at a time is also taxing for many bowlers especially pace bowlers
3. Stamina for batting and bowling for long time in test cricket
All in all, the T20 format has done a lot greater good for the game than it’s negative aspects. This format is here to stay, will continue to entertain everyone in the cricket world.