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India wins Twenty20 World cup. The end of cricket as we know it?

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Being at work and not wanting to burden my already over burdened network, I had a few spotters assigned to update me on more than just the score. From what I hear, my sources at home tell me that it was very entertaining.

Is this the beginning of the end of Test / One day cricket as we know it? I for one will not be surprised.

And as usual we have the highlights for you

And part 2 is after the jump

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  • I think Twenty20 is here to stay and in the future I see one day internationals giving way to more Twenty20 matches. Test cricket will always be there.

    Anyway a joke to conclude our coverage on the Twenty20 WC:

    **knock knock**
    Who's there
    Misbah
    Misbah who?
    Mis bah 5 runs
    >
  • maybe it’s beginner’s luck (the format, not India) but this tournament produced more excitement than the entire ODI WC marathon earlier this year.

    You have to agree that the game is played for the fan and if this excitement proves to be sustainable, why not?

    I’ve often thought of preserving aged balls from previous matches and giving them to bowlers in 20/20 format, say after 10 overs or so, to allow for (conditions permitting) some reverse swing and wonky movement in the air.

    Somewhere above I mentioned it, use two batting and bowling teams.


    20 overs is pretty much the longest that we weekend cricket warriors will attempt, if given the bounty of a full 11/22 warm bodies to work with. (it usually ends up being 10-12 overs and taking up the same amount of time–no penalties for slow over rates!)

    30 regularly, but the problem was that at times, the team batting second would collapse (which was us) and then it was not fun. You stand out there for two- three hours fielding and then you bat for two balls and you are ready to go home.

  • muralimannered

    maybe it's beginner's luck (the format, not India) but this tournament produced more excitement than the entire ODI WC marathon earlier this year.

    ODIs have become the gold standard for new fans (like myself) but as long as the majority of great players view Test cricket as the greatest test of cricketing ability, we'll continue to see test and ODI matches.

    I've often thought of preserving aged balls from previous matches and giving them to bowlers in 20/20 format, say after 10 overs or so, to allow for (conditions permitting) some reverse swing and wonky movement in the air.

    20 overs is pretty much the longest that we weekend cricket warriors will attempt, if given the bounty of a full 11/22 warm bodies to work with. (it usually ends up being 10-12 overs and taking up the same amount of time--no penalties for slow over rates!)

  • Having said that, it might decrease popularity of one-day cricket. Heck, we might even see different teams for 20-20 and one-day.

    I was thinking that they should have different batting and bowling teams for the 20-20. In my opinion it would be way more fun.


    if only because a game isn’t given any time to..breathe.

    Isn't that a part of the excitement? In a one day the middle 30 overs are normally slow... Here you just play the first and last 10 overs. I think it is a lot of fun.

  • i still find Twenty20 less involving than 50 overs, if only because a game isn't given any time to..breathe.

  • nku

    That's what they said when one-day cricket was introduced and was made popular in the 80s. But in hindsight, it only helped test cricket to arguably reach its helm today.

    Having said that, it might decrease popularity of one-day cricket. Heck, we might even see different teams for 20-20 and one-day. This may happen if the number of matches are increased for its reduced duration. But I won't bet on it.

  • Ummm I was talking about Test and ODI's. With the popularity of the T20 and India (the biggest contributor in terms of economics of cricket), I have a strange feeling that the other versions might slowly start taking a back seat. No?

  • why end of cricket??? Heck, this might get more ppl into the sport, thanks to the reduced time.

  • yaaay!

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