Twenty20 might be the shortest version of cricket but it is more demanding than Tests and one-dayers, says Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who feels the slam-bang version was taking a "toll" on the players' bodies.
"Twenty20 is a very demanding form. It is just 20 overs a side and three hour match, but the intensity and involvement is more than a 50-over match or even a Test match," Dhoni said.
The wicketkeeper-batsman said the format was especially punishing on the bowlers, who had little margin for error against batsmen ready to smack them out of the ground.
"The bowlers have to put in more than 100 per cent because even though they have only four overs, the batsmen are looking to go at them all the time," he said.
"The batsmen also love to challenge fielders, by looking to convert ones into twos. Twenty20 is very tiring and exhausting, it takes a good toll on the body," Dhoni said.
On playing back-to-back matches in the competition, Dhoni said although it was taxing, it helped the team getting acclimatised to conditions.
"It is international cricket and you always want to win whether you are playing back to back or matches after a gap. If you play back-to-back matches, you have the advantage of knowing the conditions," he said.
That knowledge would put the Indians at an advantage against the Australians in the semi-final here tomorrow.
"We definitely know the wicket, we know the conditions, we know how the pitch behaves when there is grass on it, so we won't really panic. We do have an advantage, but everything depends on how you play on that day," he added.