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SYDNEY, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The lure of winning another World Cup has convinced Australia captain Ricky Ponting to start taking Twenty/20 a bit more serious.
Ponting has always regarded the abbreviated form of the game as little more than a hit-and-giggle but is starting to think more seriously about it with the inaugural Twenty/20 World Cup scheduled for South Africa this year.
"I enjoy playing the game but I think it's best played when it is just a fun sort of game and there is not too much riding on it," Ponting told a news conference.
"We know that there's a world championship coming up and I guess if we keep playing like that, then bring it on."
I think while it keeps selling around and keeps entertaining spectators with their presence at cricket matches it means Twenty20 is very successful and very popular.
We will see how the Twenty20 World Cup goes in South Africa but I would expect it to be a big hit. The players like it, the spectators like and I think it is here to stay at the moment.
But it is important that we keep it in the box that it's in. It's fun that is what cricket should be and if gets another generation of cricketers, young cricket people through to watch then it has to be a good thing.
Source : rediff,com
Twenty20 scores seem to have declined a little in the past year and I suspect this is because bowlers have developed better strategies than they did at the outset. It is a very harsh format for the bowlers, but they have already adapted. Likewise, the approach of batsmen has evolved with batting not being all about big-hitting. The key will be smart cricket – a phrase we use a lot in the 50-over format - but it’s even more relevant to the shortened version, especially with our mix of accumulators and explosive impact players.
We are confident of being able to perform, but we know this is an unforgiving format – one mistake and you can lose a game. No team can be taken for granted.
Smacked over the hand by management perhaps?
SJS on the charge here in digging up comments!
September 10, 2007
Source : Official website of T20 WC
The thing about Twenty20 games is that since everyone expects them to be loaded in favour of batters, they are always under pressure to perform. So even though bowlers might complain that they get a raw deal in this format, they can actually change the tenor of the game with two or three quick wickets. For all that, a fielding captain will need to think out of the box and conjure up more than one backup gameplan if he is to restrain the opposition.
With most international teams finding their feet in this shorter version of the game, South Africa possesses a slight advantage because we have played more Twenty20 games than most of the other teams in the competition, particularly those from the subcontinent. I feel that this World Cup is more of a trial run, much like the way the first ODI World Cup was held in the 1970s. And just as ODI rules and regulations have been fine tuned over the years, so we will see a different version of Twenty20 by the time the next World Cup is held.
Personally, I feel a tournament once every two years would work well. The 20-over format is likely to be particularly useful in drawing new audiences to the game in countries like Bermuda, Canada, and the USA, and once they begin to develop an interest in cricket, I am pretty sure they will become involved in the longer versions as well. And I am also sure that these longer versions will benefit from Twenty20, because it teaches you the art of remaining calm under pressure and in front of a big crowd, and maximising your abilities. For a bowler, most importantly, it teaches you to keep coming back after being smashed around the park.
Finally, I believe the Twenty20 version will throw up the next generation of cricketing stars - like the MS Dhonis and the de Villiers'. These are the guys who will take cricket forward in the next five or six years, and they exemplify the kind of athleticism and aggression that are the basics of Twenty20. Without doubt, the format suits younger players, because it is all about instant runs and instant wickets, with no time for build-ups. But it isn't any less interesting for that.
He just keeps going this SJS!
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