“T20 cricket cannot be stopped. It is a runaway train prepared to kill everything in its way. I am not joking when I say this. If we don’t handle T20 cricket properly, it will crush everything in its way, including the Test and one-day formats.” This is what Dean Jones (former Australian cricketer) had to say about T20 cricket in one of his columns for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Disliked by hardcore test cricket fans, the shortest version of cricket made its entry in the form of Twenty20 cup in 2003. This tournament was introduced by England and Wales Cricket Board and matches were played amongst the county teams.
It would take you hardly 3 hours to watch a full Bollywood movie. That is exactly the time you need to watch a full T20 cricket match. That too with enthralling cricketing moments comprising of too many towering sixes, splendid efforts in the field and some cheer leaders making it all a new age fair! Hence it didn’t take too long for the other cricket boards to take a note of the T20 format. The first T20 international game was played in March 2005 between New Zealand and Australia.
Within couple of years, ICC decided to give it a shot with a big event and in the year 2007 we witnessed the inaugural ICC World T20 cup… and the rest is history!
I have religiously followed all the editions of the T20 World Cup so far and if someone has to ask me one magical moment from all the editions – without any hesitation I would say – Six Sixes by Yuvraj Singh.