T20 cricket was first launched in 2003, with its first official match being played in June 2003 between the English counties. Since then, it has made great strides and has done plenty to popularize the game of cricket.
As fans interest in the format increases over the years, teams also started taking T20 matches very seriously. They now put plenty of their efforts and energy into working out how to be successful in this format. T20 has recently seen a huge rise in the use of data analysis – the use of numbers to improve recruitment, selection and tactics.
The hectic nature of the game might make people think that it is a very random cricket and that its games are decided on margins that cannot be controlled. However, that is not true in reality.
According to popular journalist Tim Wigmore, the T20 format gives a great opportunity for teams to use numbers and improve their game.
“There is a weird paradox there,” says Wigmore.
“T20 is the most random format in that it takes the smallest number of deliveries to swing the course of a match, but it can also be planned. It gives you a far better opportunity to use data to plot your path to victory.”
There is a vast difference between Test and T20 cricket, while ODIs represent the middle ground. Players find it very hard to excel in all formats of the game, and so we could see greater specialization in formats in future.
We can see an example of that in spin bowling. Except for a handful of spinners like Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Daniel Vettori and Shakib Al Hasan, no other bowlers have managed to excel in all three formats of the game. The pacers have not fared any better who tried to master Test, ODI and T20 cricket. While batsmen also look to be struggling to shine in all three formats.
This is because Test matches require a player to be more cautious, more defensive while in T20, a more attacking mindset is needed from a cricketer.
2- T20 World Cup will expand
Only a few cricket teams have been allowed to compete in the men’s World Cup. This looks in contrast to what the ICC have often been claiming that T20 is the globalization vehicle. However, the trend is now rapidly changing.
In 2018, the decision was made that all men’s and women’s international sides will be given T20 international status. While from 2020, the T20 World Cup will have 12 teams competing in the main stage, with four more sides taking part in a preliminary round before.
And this number is likely to increase in the coming years. According to the head of sports at Star TV Network Sanjog Gupta:
“I do see room for the T20 World Cup to be a big platform for new nations to come in and new nations and new viewers to be inducted in cricket and for it to become the tournament that’s the real first handshake for viewers around the world,”
3- Super-fast bowlers
Bowlers have to bowl only four overs in T20 matches, with the physical workload greatly reduced for them in comparison to ODI or Test games. However, they have to play the matches on pitches that don’t seam and balls that don’t swing, creating very challenging circumstances for them.
According to Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde, it is more likely that there will be more super-fast bowlers in future who will only be concerned with bowling at great speeds. And for achieving such high speeds, their bowling actions will likely be very different from traditional bowling styles, while their training regimes will also be very different.
Speed is an important trait to succeed in so many famous sports in the world. Football is one such sport where speed is highly valued, with some of the most stylish footballers of all time boasting a great pace.