As the Season of IPL6 draws to an end it got me thinking about the impact of T20 format in current cricketing scenario and the different forms of cricket. I’ve been fond of cricket since I was a child with test and one-day being my favorites as those were the ones I grew up knowing. I was particularly very fond of the brand of cricket that we used to play in our college. We used to call it “FUN Cricket” and it resembled the IPL format very closely. Who knows Lalit Modi might have got the idea from watching us play? (It surely wasn’t protected under any copy right.) As time passed the game of cricket got more colorful not only in its format but also with things around it.
Cricket is one of the oldest games in the world and it continues to thrive today. Cricket has been played as a recognized sport since the early 18th century. The first recorded match was played in Sussex, England in 1697. In 1719, the first “county” match was played, with the Londoners (Middlesex) vs. the Kentish. A number of words are thought to be possible sources for the term “cricket”. In the earliest known reference to the sport in 1598, it is called creckett. The name may have been derived from the Middle Dutch krick(-e), meaning a stick; or the Old English cricc or cryce meaning a crutch or staff.
There are many types of cricket played in the modern day. Cricket is a game which is played between two teams, comprising of eleven players each. The teams have a few batsmen, a few bowlers and a wicketkeeper. The game is officiated by two on-field umpires and a match referee. Cricket matches are is played between international and national teams, and like most other sports, cricket is also a very well loved sport among the fans.
Twenty20 cricket has pushed back the boundaries of perception regarding game strategy and tactics. It would have been beyond conception 10 years ago that a side would set and chase targets around nine and ten runs to the over. Or that bowlers would have to be satisfied at having gone at a run rate of anywhere between six and eight runs to the over, or that a spell for a bowler could be one over. The length of time that a batter has to get in has gone from being overs to balls. Perception is reality, and the reality is that 20 20 cricket has turned the game as we know it on its head. Not only commercially, but also from the constantly evolving match strategy. Cricket, however, remains a major world sport in terms of participants, spectators and media interest.