If you are hearing this word for the first time in your life then you probably have been on planet Mars from the past 100 years, because that’s how long cricket is being played on international level. Jokes apart, cricket was until recently considered by many as a boring game. A game that took too long to fetch a result and in the case of test cricket, you could never be sure of a result either.
Inception of T-20 cricket
It’s a short form of the game, takes three hours to fetch a result and produces enough adrenalin to keep every one on the edge of their seats. T-20 has indeed revolutionized cricket and those who used to be skeptic about its success have now accepted it as an important form of the game.
Critics of the T-20 format have blamed this form of the cricket to be destroying the real cricket (often referred to as the Test cricket) which requires more skill and talent. To an extent, it could be true, but playing T-20 match requires its own sets of skills which players specializing in the other formats of the game may not be possessing. One such skill would be handling pressure. A player who is able to handle pressure is bound to be successful because T-20 is a very fast game and a player who is able to hold on to his nerves is sure to make a mark.
There have been two T-20 World Cups until now, the inaugural World Cup which was held in 2007 was won by India under the leadership of M.S.Dhoni and the second one was won by Pakistan in 2009. Going by the history, it seems the Asian teams are better in this format of the game.
However, T-20 format received its boost from two leagues, namely the IPL (Indian Premium League) and ICL (Indian Cricket League). Players from all over the cricketing world have participated in the league due to the high compensation and the exposure that it provides. Both leagues are Indian based and generate a huge amount of revenue. IPL has been awarded the official status by the ICC for holding T-20 league, where as ICL has been labeled as the rebel league and the players have been banned from representing their respective countries.
All said and done, T-20 is the future of the cricket and there is no doubt that there will be more of T-20 in the near future.