The most difficult format to predict in cricket is the T20 format. The ultra short format of the game has so many twists and turns, it is like a roller coaster ride and keeps the supporters of rival teams busy either screaming for their heroes when they have done exceptionally or scratching their heads as to what went wrong.
Cricket is a batsman’s game most times and the laws also have been made that way. The reasoning is simple. One mistake by the batsman can mean him going back to the pavilion and pondering what he did wrong. On the other hand, even if a bowler gets clobbered for five sixes he can get the batsman out off the sixth delivery and stay in the game. That is why the laws about batsmen dismissals are loaded in favour of the batsmen.
Speaking of six sixes, the return of Yuvraj to the Indian team is one of the most touching and heartening events that has happened in Indian cricket. The man whom he hammered for six sixes, Stuart Broad is now the skipper of the England team in this format, so it tells you how this young man also took that assault on the chin and has learnt from it and has risen to now captain the team. India play England in the league stage and that clash will be looked forward to by both the players. Will it be Broad this time, who will end up smiling or will Yuvraj hit him again?
This is a very even tournament. Nobody can be called favourites and it is form on the day that matters and not reputation. Pakistan have beaten Australia recently, but the Aussies came back dismissing Pakistan for one of the lowest totals in the format. South Africa and England played out a drawn series and New Zealand beat India in a thriller in Chennai.
So obviously the winning teams will go in with great confidence. There will also be the chance to play some warm up matches to get acclimatized to the weather and the pitches for all the teams. The home team has the advantage of knowing the conditions and being used to the weather which can play a huge role.
While no team is the favourite, two teams need to be watched out for and they are the current number one Test team South Africa and the team that dominated the Test and one-day format for long the Australians. The South Africans have a new confidence and with a lot of their players playing in the Indian Premier League they have plenty of experience of how to go about this version of the game.
The Australians have won everything at the world level excepting this format and they are hungry for that so they would go out all guns blazing. The other team that has a top array of hitters is the West Indians and if Gayle and Pollard get going then it could well be mayhem out on the field.
India hasn’t lived up to the expectations after belying expectations and winning the inaugural event way back in 2007. They have a good team too, but could find that they concede that extra run in the field that can make the difference between winning and losing as was seen in Chennai a few days back.
It is a format that brings in the crowds as they get to see plenty of action and if the weather holds, this tournament will be no different.
Professional Management Group