T20 format a great leveller
MS Dhoni’s boys are all set to go out and defend a World Cup title, the best part being that they start favourites too. T20 though is a format where nothing can be taken for granted. It is, I dare say, somewhat like the English weather, which can change dramatically, writes Anil Kumble.india Updated: Jun 05, 2009 00:47 IST
It’s been barely a fortnight since the IPL ended and here we are set for another big bash. In South Africa, a lot of us were presumed to be past our prime, but we managed to prove otherwise. The mind has wandered a bit and I have been forced to keep myself from thinking about another crack with the India team. Well not really, as I am happily retired, but other options have opened up and they will keep me close to the game.
As a natural progression for cricketers, I will be part of the ESPN team, giving my views.
MS Dhoni’s boys are all set to go out and defend a World Cup title, the best part being that they start favourites too.
T20 though is a format where nothing can be taken for granted. It is, I dare say, somewhat like the English weather, which can change dramatically.
So far, the weather has held up nicely, with the sun shining nice and bright. This has meant that the ball hasn’t swung at all and as we have noticed in the practice games, totals of 160-170 seem just about par if not below par.
Should the weather hold, we seem set for a lot of high-scoring matches. With Lord’s, Oval and Nottingham being traditionally flat and batting friendly, the batsmen can look forward to having a ball.
If at all the bowlers make an impression, it will be probably be the spinners. Most teams have one or two good spinners and the impact they have in the middle overs is huge.
Still, the focus will be on the batsmen. Already we have seen some big scores, with the Australians breaching the 200-run mark. South Africa too have prepared well.
The draw of the tournament is such that most of the top teams should make the second round. Of course, the group involving Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies is interesting, as one of them has to get knocked out.
Personal experience tells me that shorter the format, the better it is for the lesser-fancied teams. Skills get evened out and the more skilled side does not always come out on top.