In last week, the three of
All three innings could be connected with more than one string. All three innings had typical elements of each individual’s brilliance which has given us an orgasmic pleasure over the years. All of them were more than run a ball innings by some margin but none of them could be considered to be slogs. Sadly, all three ended in a loosing cause. What they provided was the brilliance of traditional batting mixed with modern innovation. What they lacked probably was the necessity of modern cricket especially in t20 – the running between the wickets at express pace, conversion of non existent runs into reality and demolition skills backed by insane cricketing/non cricketing shots. But their success did show that a good player can adjust to any form of cricket even with conventional methods. Their failure to win the match showed that you don’t only need the cricketing skills in modern cricket. You also need fitness to run fast, muscle power to belt the ball into stadium every second over and a little disrespect to coaching manuals. May be they are the last generation of Indian greats who preferred to hit a ball for a four because they had the brilliance and play out the next few balls in the over rather than have a run a ball over. New generation seems to be better in the latter part but do they have it in them to claim a laudable replacement is what needs to be seen.
Let me confess, I started as a hardcore anti-IPL. But once the tournament started, it did develop some amount of interest in me. But finally, I got bored yesterday. I slept off without any intentions in the first match and intentionally went to sleep during the second match. The abundance of quantity of cricket and lack of quality in terms of balance between bat and ball in t20 bored me finally. Mind you, IPL is just 33% over. 67% is yet to go.
Now tell me, one of the reasons why WC07 was considered as a failure was sighted as the length of the tournament which was close to two months. T20 WC in
If one is trying to popularize a new format, isn’t it more logical for him to give small doses so that the buyers’ interest is turned into addiction and than make merry? Or should he start overdosing from day one telling him it’s a hit? Like every other thing in life, it’s a trade off. You assume that a purist will stick to you hence you can feed him with a lower quality product to fetch the new customers. Or dilute the quality from purist’s side and venture in the new domain. You returns may not be that lucrative but assumptions are also likely to be less risky. Yeah, quality is subjected to purist’s perception of events.