The domestic international season has started with some exciting T20 matches. As of this writing, the third and final game is yet to be played, but Sri Lanka have already shown why they are the reigning Asia Cup champions in this format. Of course, they have the advantage of traveling to India after the recently concluded Lanka Premier League and hence their players are both physically and mentally prepared for this format.
Formatting is not easy
India, on the other hand, are coming into the series after an emphatic win in the longer format of the game. Sure, personnel changes for different formats but it is never easy to switch mentally from red-ball format to white-ball format and that too the ultra-short one.
The T20 format is the most demanding of bowlers who usually don’t hide anything and it becomes even more difficult if the bowler hasn’t played much cricket before. Poor Arshdeep Singh found that he was not getting his run-up right and bowled a no ball [at Pune], who are like manna from heaven as every overstepped delivery is punished with a free hit on the very next ball. The Lankan openers took full advantage of this and hit the free hit ball for fours and sixes and this did not ease the Punjab pacer’s troubles.
players being mocked
Agreed that more cricket is being played than before, but making fun of players is another consideration. These are young players who take pride in their fitness. Playing for the country is the biggest honor and in an environment where places are tight in the Indian team, no youngster would want to relax.
If the player replacing him does well, then the rested player’s place in the team is in jeopardy. With the talent pool that Indian cricket currently has, it is a real possibility and hence not many youngsters would want to be asked to rest and not play. BCCI also recently announced that they are bringing back the ‘Yo Yo’ test and some other tests mainly for the fitness level of emerging players. A player can score centuries and double centuries or take five and 10 wickets while bowling a number of overs, but if he does not pass these tests, he will not be eligible for selection.
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