After last year’s poor run, India would have been nervous going into the World Cup. With the start they have managed, nerves would have calmed. Everybody is either in good nick, or getting there.
Off the field, there has been talk of whether it is good to have match timings that suit TV viewers in the sub-continent. Even if time zones don’t impact scheduling, a World Cup needs big crowds to make it a success. So far, the West Indies has been a disappointment.
England were denied an opportunity to win due to the rain rule. We need a different perspective for rain-affected games in T20, especially in Guyana, where there is a perpetual threat of rain.
The team batting second is always going to have the advantage.
This makes the toss critical, and in T20 you can’t have the toss deciding the outcome. When you ask a side to chase around 60 off six overs with 10 wickets in hand, it is not right. One way to even the odds could be something similar to the Super Over. In a Super Over, you have two wickets in hand and if you lose two batsmen, that is the end.
The wickets in hand should be proportionate to the number of overs a side has to bat in the second innings.
For instance, if you play 10 overs, you have only five wickets. If you lose five wickets, you are out of the game. Without factoring in the wickets, the Duckworth-Lewis method is ineffective in a 20-over game.
Working out the chinks is also essential because the Net Run Rate becomes critical while qualifying for the next stage. When you have scored 140 in 20 overs batting first, you’ve gone at seven runs an over. Chasing, when the overs get reduced, the run rate is higher. The chasing team’s run rate will always be better, thus affecting the team batting first. This is something that merits examination.