How has cricket evolved over the years

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Saurav Prakash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The season of the T20 world cup, or so famously called boom-boom cricket is around the corner. It is surprising how we have been constantly we have been struggling to improve our delivery time to meet our day to day experiences and this T20 format is just that salt which has found its way suavely. The cricket that we know was all about the class, the resistance, the resilience and how all this seems lost amongst the speed and thrust to go kaboom in this 120 ball format. No more techniques of Gavaskar, or sweating of Dravid to detest opposition from plucking one out. The satisfaction of denying bowlers the pleasure of wicket is no more the objective.

The kids from 80’s and 90’s are still looking for the Sachin’s and Kumble’s and the Laxman’s but, are we ever going to get to see them anymore. I don’t think so and the others will agree that in the era of power hitting where Pollard’s and Gayle’s of modern cricket continue to make a mockery of every stadium around the globe we are not looking for Rahane’s anymore. Amongst Rahane’s and Raina’s, I am afraid that it will be Rahane’s who will be sitting out every single time because there is no matching to the race to hit bit rather than to play along.

So, it’s time to get ready with your ultra HD televisions to watch the big boomy hits of Russel’s and Pandya’s who will somehow keep earning big bucks. For every other cricket lovers like us, it’s time to either make a sacrifice or to compromise with the change as change is continuously knocking the world in all forms. So, grow from your misery and be cheerful, whilst you can enjoy their show.

Cheers!

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