The final really didn’t let us down. To the wire, between two old rivals (and two nations who really can change the shape of international cricket too).
Some say that Twenty20 is a flash in the pan, not real cricket. Others say that it is the future of the game. I, for one, have enjoyed the tournament way beyond my expectations. I am a 5 day cricket lover above all other forms of the sport, but after the dreary fiasco of the World Cup this ICC World Twenty20 has been a real shot in the arm.
Friends who have repeatedly told me that cricket is boring have watched matches without my encouragement. Friends who are cricket fans who were bored by the world cup have talked incessantly about the performance of teams they previously could not have cared about.
It has been an eye opener. And it made my experiences of One Day Internationals over the last few years seem rather dull in comparison. Fifty over cricket has a problem.
Simply put, between overs 20 and 40, with the fifth bowler at one end and the slow guy at the other the match is dead. We go to the bar, we converse, we wait for the tempo to pick up again. As Lawrence Booth says, unless teams start thinking that 180 off 20 should equate to 350 off 50 the fifty over game is in trouble. And if Twenty20 is to replace it, I’m not sure I’m that worried.
Just please please please don’t bugger up 5 day cricket along the way.