20 20 world cup is a joke indeed

20 20 world cup is a joke indeed

Post by Don speaks the trut » Wed, 10 Jun 2009 14:29:16


I admit i am watching some matches of this tournament (mind you just
as a stress buster
after coming back from work and nothing more than that) but this
tournament is becoming a
joke indeed. A champion team like Aus bowing out in first round and
rookies like Ireland and
most probably Dutch team scraping through. This is ridiculous insult
to the game of cricket.

I clearly see a pattern in this format. It requires a few lusty
hitters in your team who have young and powerful forearms besides one
or two prodders to just take singles and nudge the innings along. This
will form a winning team. The traditional method of teams fighting
back from a losing
position is almost impossible in this mickey mouse format. For me, if
you are a team batting first make sure you make around 50 in first
five overs and then nudge and prod in the middle overs and then make a
late flourish to finish around 180 and you have the game in your hands
almost. Similarly, while chasing make around 60-70 runs in first 5
overs and start nudging and prodding for singles and twos and you can
easily scrape through. Add to that the excessive usage of slower
bowlers and spinners who can take the pace off the ball and make it
still more difficult for the batsman to hit through even a mediocre
slower ball bowling 6 flat balls in an over. Such a mediocre thing can
never be encouraged in ODIs where the slower bowler will easily be
sorted out in an over or two and hit out of the park. Whereas in 20
20s, you don't have time to read this trick bowler who has taken the
pace off the ball and bowling with his own sweet pace.

What about things like a bowler working his way round a batsman by
bowling a tight spell of 4 to 5 overs? In ODIs, on many occasions,
even though a team has made an early blitzerkreig in first 5 overs,
one bowler can bowl a tight spell of 4-5 overs and then he gets the
crucial wicket in the 6th or 7th over. Such things have been totally
eliminated in this format. Similarly, a batsman after fall of early
wickets working his way out of the mess by playing sedately in the
beginning and then after he has got his eye in, playing his shots to
put the opposition on the backfoot has also
been cleanly eliminated by this format.

All you require to do in 20 20 is one batsman to make a few lusty
blows and play an innings of 40 to 50 runs of 15 to 20 balls and the
entire game is tilted to his team's favour.

Its a joke that ICC is hosting world cup of such a joke of a format
every 2 years. I think it is worthless to have this fluke hitting
tournament every 2 years. Rather, have it every 4 years filling the
wide gap of the 50 over World cup. I mean if 2011 is world cup of
ODIs, have 20 20 world cup in 2009 and then in 2013 and then a world
cup of ODIs again in 2015. Can you imagine having 2 world cups in 2011
within a few months of each other and then the drudgery of a IPL too
which by that time will add to the drag by having more teams and hence
more matches?
Thats a big joke indeed.

Don

 
 
 

20 20 world cup is a joke indeed

Post by Coolva » Wed, 10 Jun 2009 16:23:14



Quote:
> I admit i am watching some matches of this tournament (mind you just
> as a stress buster
> after coming back from work and nothing more than that) but this
> tournament is becoming a
> joke indeed. A champion team like Aus bowing out in first round and
> rookies like Ireland and
> most probably Dutch team scraping through. This is ridiculous insult
> to the game of cricket.

> I clearly see a pattern in this format. It requires a few lusty
> hitters in your team who have young and powerful forearms besides one
> or two prodders to just take singles and nudge the innings along. This
> will form a winning team. The traditional method of teams fighting
> back from a losing
> position is almost impossible in this mickey mouse format. For me, if
> you are a team batting first make sure you make around 50 in first
> five overs and then nudge and prod in the middle overs and then make a
> late flourish to finish around 180 and you have the game in your hands
> almost. Similarly, while chasing make around 60-70 runs in first 5
> overs and start nudging and prodding for singles and twos and you can
> easily scrape through. Add to that the excessive usage of slower
> bowlers and spinners who can take the pace off the ball and make it
> still more difficult for the batsman to hit through even a mediocre
> slower ball bowling 6 flat balls in an over. Such a mediocre thing can
> never be encouraged in ODIs where the slower bowler will easily be
> sorted out in an over or two and hit out of the park. Whereas in 20
> 20s, you don't have time to read this trick bowler who has taken the
> pace off the ball and bowling with his own sweet pace.

> What about things like a bowler working his way round a batsman by
> bowling a tight spell of 4 to 5 overs? In ODIs, on many occasions,
> even though a team has made an early blitzerkreig in first 5 overs,
> one bowler can bowl a tight spell of 4-5 overs and then he gets the
> crucial wicket in the 6th or 7th over. Such things have been totally
> eliminated in this format. Similarly, a batsman after fall of early
> wickets working his way out of the mess by playing sedately in the
> beginning and then after he has got his eye in, playing his shots to
> put the opposition on the backfoot has also
> been cleanly eliminated by this format.

> All you require to do in 20 20 is one batsman to make a few lusty
> blows and play an innings of 40 to 50 runs of 15 to 20 balls and the
> entire game is tilted to his team's favour.

> Its a joke that ICC is hosting world cup of such a joke of a format
> every 2 years. I think it is worthless to have this fluke hitting
> tournament every 2 years. Rather, have it every 4 years filling the
> wide gap of the 50 over World cup. I mean if 2011 is world cup of
> ODIs, have 20 20 world cup in 2009 and then in 2013 and then a world
> cup of ODIs again in 2015. Can you imagine having 2 world cups in 2011
> within a few months of each other and then the drudgery of a IPL too
> which by that time will add to the drag by having more teams and hence
> more matches?
> Thats a big joke indeed.

> Don

Let me tell you an even better joke. The next T20 World cup is next
year :)

 
 
 

20 20 world cup is a joke indeed

Post by John Hal » Wed, 10 Jun 2009 18:24:21

In article


Quote:
>I admit i am watching some matches of this tournament (mind you just
>as a stress buster
>after coming back from work and nothing more than that) but this
>tournament is becoming a
>joke indeed. A champion team like Aus bowing out in first round and
>rookies like Ireland and
>most probably Dutch team scraping through. This is ridiculous insult
>to the game of cricket.

<snip>

I disagree. The unpredictability of this tournament has been part of its
attraction. Ireland thoroughly deserve to be through, and Australia
deserve to be out. If we could predict the result of every match in
advance, there wouldn't be much point to cricket.
--
John Hall        "Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always
                  pays off now."  Anon

 
 
 

20 20 world cup is a joke indeed

Post by Don speaks the trut » Wed, 10 Jun 2009 19:53:09


Quote:
> In article


> >as a stress buster
> >after coming back from work and nothing more than that) but this
> >tournament is becoming a
> >joke indeed. A champion team like Aus bowing out in first round and
> >rookies like Ireland and
> >most probably Dutch team scraping through. This is ridiculous insult
> >to the game of cricket.

> <snip>

> I disagree. The unpredictability of this tournament has been part of its
> attraction. Ireland thoroughly deserve to be through, and Australia
> deserve to be out. If we could predict the result of every match in
> advance, there wouldn't be much point to cricket.

Not talking about the unpredictability factor, in fact Cricket is a
game of glorious uncertainities as said by the greats of the game. But
my point was that in this format more often the weak teams have a
chance of making it at the cost of stronger teams. Unlike soccer where
32 teams play the world cup out of which around 16 are weak and there
are upsets but not one every other day. Football has not changed its
game and still retains its basic game intact that allows the team with
good skills to win the game. Which is not the way with 20 20 cricket
that is totally different from the original cricket game and makes a
mockery of the cricketing skills of a player.

Don