Saturday, June 07, 2008
No, no, no ... we are not talking about the twentieth installment of the Governator's Terminator franchise. T20 is the new format for the game of Cricket! Fans of the sport know that this Gentleman's game is a 5-day match between two teams played in two innings. While the classic version of the game remains wildly popular in India, the game was a bit too long for folks used to baseball, basketball, football etc. A One-Day version of cricket has been popular for years and now it is getting even shorter. The T20 format calls for a 20-over match and lasts about 3-4 hours.
Couple of Indian entrepreneurs formed the Indian Premier League. Teams are formed by assembling top players from around the world and auctioning them to individual teams. The game has all the ingredients of global entertainment - rich owners, temperamental players, controversy, bad boy behavior, cheer leaders and bollywood entertainment!
Over the last four months, teams (with interesting names such as Daredevils, Super Kings, Chargers, Challengers etc.) battled it out with the Rajasthan Royals emerging as the winners. Mona and Aanish because huge fans and cricket was blaring on TV almost every night in the house (unheard of in our house!!).
The tournament has ended but cricket has not. It has become a year-along phenomena with tri-series, one-day internationals, test matches etc. etc. The India/Pakistan/Bangladesh series is about to start soon and I am sure we will all stay tuned in!