Not so long ago if one wanted to see a great 5 over spell; a stint at defensive batting or 'ridiculous' hitting, the normal wait time was 5 days - A few ball changes and a 500/4 score. Not anymore. T20 has revolutionised cricket and how?
The ICC World Twenty20 2009 is the second world event of this format. Started in England to bring in the traditional cricket spectator, T20 has outreached and got in people whose induction into cricket has begun with T20.
The first ICC World Twenty20 competition was held in the rainbow nation of South Africa in 2007. England is hosting the event this year and West Indies has the honour for 2010.
Cricket, now has two world cups - The 50 over (ICC world cup) and the T20 version (ICC world T20).
Rule changes have also contributed immensely to the rising popularity of Twenty Twenty Cricket. The free hit which was later imbibed into the 50 over format as well has been an unqualified success. The dug-outs provide a high- adrenaline rush to not only the viewers but the players as well. The danger of the batsman being timed-out has resulted in unparalleled pace. There is no slouching around and unnecessary water and rest breaks. Some critics had in fact termed the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 'boring' in comparison to the ICC T20 World Cup.
The ICC World Twenty20 2009 will be an event to behold and admire. Will India be able to retain its title? Would England come out of the Ashes to win an important trophy and that too at home? And what about Australia?
This is your last chance to exclusively live through Yuvraj Singh's six sixes; Dinesh Karthik's spectacular catch to dismiss Graeme Smith; Gauti's dynamic batting; Joginder Sharma's bowling; Sreesanth's final catch; India winning her first match 3-0; Rohit Sharma's last ball sixes; Robin Uthappa's high pressure performance; Harbhajan Singh's bhangra; Yuvi's celebration with the wicket stick after defeating Australia; Yusuf's six and MSD gifting his India shirt to the young boy. ICC World Twenty20 2009 will provide its fair share of such moments and you will be happily going gaga over a problem of plenty.
The ICC world Twenty20 2009 provides a great chance for MS Dhoni's India to do what Australia did consistently: Retain a world title.
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