Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Look who's come to the T20 party

Gayle and Gibbs were the stars of the first T20 World Cup match. Why am I not surprised? I felt all along that the best performers will not be young dashers but the usual suspects. That makes the Aussies the firm favourites again, and underlines India's folly at going into the tournament without a single experienced campaigner. I'm also sceptical of the argument that there will be more upsets in this form of the game. There aren't that many guys around who can maintain the kind of sustained hitting that Gayle and Gibbs exhibited. So I feel the weaker teams have less of a chance than in 50-over cricket where they can become competitive if they manage to bowl the opposition out for a modest score on a helpful pitch. That's why I'm disappointed that the minnows will again deflate the excitement over the inaugural World Cup after its grand opening match. Without some sort of contest, any form of cricket becomes boring, and I'm switching off from today's matches featuring Kenya, Zimbabwe and Scotland.

6 comments:

John said...

You might just want to check out how the first twelve overs of the Pak v Scotland match have panned out. Mind you, Afridi has just walked in.

Sumit Chakraberty said...

by the time i got to it, the match had turned one-sided. the point is you have to sit thru 10 such boring encounters before you find one that's close. the minnows should be engaged in more tournaments and bilaterals between themselves, instead of spoiling our fun at a world cup. anyway, the icc is just as bad as the bcci and i don't expect much from the administrators. cricket is the worst administered sport in the world.

Soulberry said...

The party boys are from Zimbabwe!

John said...

Ya, it was a pretty exciting match, wasn't it?

Tubby said...

Minnows have dont it. They have defeated India......Oh not India, but Australia........

Has hell broke loose in Australia ? Hell no.

India looses to scotland today (if) and then you d see calls for sacking Dhoni as skipper.

Sumit Chakraberty said...

T20 was the biggest winner, but I still think the minnows may spoil the party. More on this and a few other matters in the next post. But, yes, the look on Ponting's face after the defeat has already made it worth my while to watch this tournament :)