One-day revolution could destroy T20 cricket

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Teams are starting to treat one-day cricket as a longer version of the T20 game and it could see the death of the game's shortest format.

The public thrives on boundaries these days; they have become slightly obsessed with big sixes and big scores.

In response batsmen have taken the art of hitting boundaries, which they have mastered so well in T20 competitions all over the world and are now applying their trade to the one-day game.

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The transition has come with some serious success too. The recent World Cup saw the 400 run mark hit three times and overall there were 28 scores of 300 or more, that’s 11 more than the 2011 World Cup.

Quite clearly times are changing and there is a very elite group of players that are leading the charge.

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Gone are the days of mastering the forward defence, these players adhere to perfecting their power hitting and are so good at it that clearing the boundary has become second nature.

The trend setters

Over the tournament Chris Gayle scored 26 sixes, AB de Villiers hit 21, contributing 482 runs at a strike rate of 144.

Brendon McCullum hit 17 on his way to 328 runs at an astonishing rate of 188 and Glenn Maxwell got 14 towards his 324 runs at 182 runs per 100 balls.

On top of these powerhouses one must not forget the likes of David Warner, Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler who have also led the way on this front. There were seven scores of 150 or more, including double hundreds from Gayle and Martin Guptill.

English revolution

For further evidence of the T20 game being taken into one-day cricket, one needs look no further than England’s enthralling series with New Zealand.

Over ten innings between the two sides saw 3,151 runs scored, which included seven centuries and of the 28 men that batted, 20 of them scored their runs at over 100 per ball.

England can thank New Zealand for winning this series, as they have shown them the way to win games of one-day cricket in this day and age.

The way McCullum and his team of merry men played in the World Cup meant that England knew there was only one way to go about it, to beat them at their own game.

The one-day game has become a game of cat and mouse, and before too long I have no doubt every team around the world will be scoring the runs that the Australians, Indians, West Indies, New Zealanders and South Africans do.

T20 in trouble?

It could jeopardize the T20 game.

But this is unlikely to happen. Despite the recently revolutionised 50-over format, the T20 scene is still as strong as ever and, thanks to the vast amount of money being pumped into it, it isn’t likely to die anytime soon.

The players love it, the fans love it and most importantly the BCCI, who practically rule world cricket, make so much money off their own Indian Premier League that it would never be allowed to die.

Another important factor is that there is a much bigger market for T20 cricket than the 50-over game.

It only lasts three hours and the games run after work, which opens up the opportunity for millions of workers to come and enjoy the cricket in the evening, a luxury that Test cricket and 50-over cricket can't offer.

More excitingly, what we can expect to see is a faster and more stimulating game across the board. Teams will continue to aim to set the pace, batsmen will continue to create new shots and bowlers will continually have to think of new ways to stop them.

Effectively, T20 cricket is responsible for the transformation of the 50-over game and the longer it is around for, the more exciting for everyone involved.

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