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Twenty20: An 'adjustment' most have failed to forget

india Updated: Apr 27, 2013 02:07 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta
Hindustan Times
Subhash Rajta

There is very little chance that someone who is making millions from India's domestic T20 tournament will find a drawback in the league.

So, it was a little surprising when Shane Watson, the Rajasthan Royals opener, admitted there was at least one "negative" in the league.

"T20 does provide for a different sort of play, so there's no doubt when I go back to playing Tests from T20, I have to make certain adjustments. So, that's one negative of playing T20," he said.

The all-rounder, in the same breath, balanced it out by rattling out several oft-repeated "positives" the league has thrown up for the game and the players.

The concern, however, is that not everyone has the ability or urge to make those crucial technical and mental adjustments needed to succeed in Tests.

Out of depth
And one doesn't need to look far to find a few T20 stalwarts finding themselves out of depth at the international stage.

Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians batsman, is perhaps a classic case. Despite his phenomenal success in T20, he hasn't yet made a mark in international cricket given his unquestionable talent. R Ashwin too appeared to have lost his way against England but then unlike Rohit bounced back superbly against Australia at home.

A positive Watson pointed out was "someone like (Glenn) Maxwell getting to share the dressing room with legends like (Sachin) Tendulkar and (Ricky) Ponting and learning hell of a lot about cricket and life".

But even the Aussies, the most sought after players in the league since its inception six years back, have failed to transfer their T20 form to the international level. Stars like Shaun Marsh, Cameroon White, Luke Pomerbasch and Aaron Finch have not impressed Cricket Australia's selectors in the longest format. Cricket Australia has given central contracts to just six specialist batsmen.

Watson, however, refused to hold T20 responsible and blamed it on the cycle every team goes through, instead. "The West Indian team was very strong during the 70s and 80s, so were we until a few years back. It's true we don't have enough depth in batting but that's how it goes," he said.

Maybe Watson is right. But that the league provides an "opportunity of rubbing shoulders with the greats" is being made out to be a bigger virtue than it actually is.