Cricket is one of the most famous sports in the world, and here in India, it is almost like some religion.Cricket is believed to have originated in southern England in the 16th century, but gained recognition by the 18th century. We relate the game to those pacey bowlers, hard hitting batsmen, acrobatic catches, run chases, mammoth scores etc. Cricket has many formats, and International cricket has namely three: Test, ODI, and T20.
The most entertaining and popular format these days is the T20. T20 is basically 20 over cricket between the two sides, and all other rules are similar to ODI cricket. T20 is generally so famous for its quick games, thunderous boundaries and sixes, spectacular game climaxes and more. The first official T20 game was played between English Counties (First – Class Cricket) in June, 2003 and the First International T20 game was played in February 2005 between Australia and New Zealand.
T20 cricket has revolutionized the way people look at cricket. It has had vast impact on the style of cricket all over the world. People are more willing to adapt to this limited over cricket format, and tend to focus on fast cricket rather than composed and calm cricket which is preached by Test Matches. The cricketers all around the world are concentrating more on speed of the game, and it has sometimes undermined the quality of cricket.
Innovative cricket shots, which are quite not in conjunction with classic cricket batting style, have somewhere put the real cricket into shadows. The world is more enthusiastic about this format and has started losing interest in Test Cricket, which T20 fans term as “Boring”. Obviously normal ODI games is a part of limited overs cricket, but it still takes a whole day to end a game, which is too heavy for today’s generation which is always in a haste to complete things.
There are many T20 leagues all over the world in countries like England, The Caribbean, Australia, South Africa, and of course the IPL in India. Though there are few points which tell us how poorly cricket is influenced by T20, but it has surely influenced the fans all over the world to cultivate more attention for this speedy format of cricket.