Bangalore v Chennai, IPL 2013, Bangalore May 19, 2013

"Minimise sixes" - Two words sum up farcical contest

The eight-over dash between Bangalore and Chennai was as close as cricket played on the field can get to cricket played on smartphone apps
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One of India's greatest Test bowlers ever takes four wickets in two overs and then says all he was doing was counting down the number of deliveries that MS Dhoni could potentially dispatch for six each. "Minimise sixes," was what Zaheer Khan told fellow fast bowler Ravi Rampaul. So Twenty20, or Eight8, as was the case tonight, has brought us to this. Minimise sixes is the strategy for bowlers, as opposed to hit sixes for batsmen.

This is as close as cricket played on the field can get to cricket played on smartphone apps. Zaheer's two words sum up the kind of mutated farce cricket has degenerated into in the name of catering to what the fan wants. Where avoiding the maximum punishment possible is an achievement for a bowler. Where failing to inflict the maximum punishment possible is a failure for a batsman. Hyperbole or nothing. Repeated 96 times in the same loop.

On the face of it, this seems to be cricket. A bowler charges in and bowls. A batsman takes guard and bats. A fielder runs and fields. Runs are scored, wickets fall, catches are taken. But it reduces a fine bowler like Ravi Rampaul into spraying a big wide down the leg side the ball after getting hit for six by MS Dhoni. Never mind that the asking-rate is six runs per ball at that stage and Chennai Super Kings have next to no chance of winning.

It also reduces five out of eleven men on each side into hoping they are not hit for six off every delivery they bowl. Which could be theoretically twelve sixes in case of the bowlers who are allowed a "spell" of two overs each, and six in the case of those allowed only one.

One over? One? Jason Holder, Mohit Sharma, RP Singh and Vinay Kumar bowled four overs between them, and went for 63. As Zaheer said, you are up against as many as ten wickets over eight overs. It is the very definition of lop-sided. Will bowlers of the future grow up aspiring to bowl just six deliveries a game for a living? Will anyone want to be a bowler any longer? Will it even remain a specialised skill? Anyone might roll his arm over six times and hope and pray strongly enough to avoid conceding 36 runs. And that might be enough to win his side the game. Super Kings scored at 10.25 runs an over and still lost by 24 runs. Or four sixes.

Not that the Chinnaswamy crowd disliked what they saw. They cheered with all their might for every six, four, double, single, dot ball, and wicket the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen and bowlers came up with. If you go by stadium experiences during the IPL, what the Indian fan wants is to shout himself hoarse. His standard response to any action on the field is to scream, egged on by the DJs.

Inside-edged boundary by home batsmen. Scream. Straight six by home batsman. Scream. Leave by opposition batsman. Scream. Dot ball played by opposition batsman. Scream. Every delivery in the IPL is an event and an opportunity to scream, which makes for 120 such events in each innings, and 240 in every game. It is far easier for the vocal chords to keep going for that duration than for say, 540 or 600 times in a day. That is one of the reasons for the popularity of T20, or E8, for that matter.

Cricket has consistently kept crunching itself into shorter and shorter formats to be able to draw more and more people towards it. T20 might be the reigning star of the moment but how soon before people - especially the younger generation in India that is increasingly attracted towards European league football - start comparing it with an EPL game and point out it is twice as long, and maybe half as thrilling?

Will cricket then tag T20 as the dying format along with the ODI and move on to E8 in desperation? Why is cricket so insecure and desperate to hack at its own body to lure new fans? With so much hacking, what is it that they are being lured towards? So much chopping has robbed cricket of its character and soul. What is left is a hollow shell making and encouraging shrill noises and masquerading as cricket. T20, E8, F5, O1, call it what you want.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RottPhiler on May 19, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    I find this discussion to be similar to comparing the works by the Impressionist artists, and graffiti. Monet, Van Gogh, Michaelangelo and all those artists, created pieces of art that took your breath away, was valued more, and in general made you reminisce. Then along came graffiti, which people condemned as scribbling, vandalism etc, but taken on its own, some pieces of graffiti art are beautiful in its own sense, while never being able to challenge the Impressionist painters for aesthetic beauty and appeal.

    T20 is beautiful in its own right, but every cricket fan who knows their cricket would never compare it with Test cricket even lightly. The reason why I enjoy T20, especially the IPL is that I get to see the best of the best (or most of them), play with equally good players and have an equal opportunity for success, unlike talents like Brian Lara or Daniel Vettori struggling with sub-par teams, and also gives me a chance to indulge in tribalism for the teams I support.

  • Nuwan_R on May 20, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    At least put the boundaries back to normal size please. It's very boring when the batsmen can clear the ropes regardless of the quality of the delivery.

  • green_jelly on May 20, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    Cricket seems to be a unique game in this context. We cannot imagine tennis tournaments with one set or international half-court basketball tournaments or day long soccer games. But cricket is flexible enough to enable such vastly different formats to be played seriously. The fact that all these formats are so successful is a profound statement about the game of cricket. Let us not tarnish it by criticizing its flexibility.

  • Sadiq1952 on May 19, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Why compare t-20 with 5 day matches. They offer different perspectives and both have pluses and minuses. How many people have time and patience to watch 5 day cricket? Many times the going is so slow that even an avid cricket lover like me can get bored to death! And what about the frustration of not having a result after 5 days of toiling? Let's get real and enjoy the positive aspects of all three forms of the game: T 20, 50-50 and 5 day.

  • on May 19, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Cricket be it an eight over contest or a test match is interesting. That's the beauty of the game, no format can be compared as such. Every format has it's merits. Yesterday's E8 game was just a once in a blue moon event, a match had to occur so as to not disappoint the fans at the stadium. It was fun and engaging right from the ball one. You are spot on when you say it is the closest cricket will ever come to smartphone cricket. But that's how the match had to be played, that's how an eight over game in the streets is treated anyway.

  • on May 19, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    The writer seems to be in too much love with tests. All the three of the formats have their own beauty and tests different skills of players. For example, you may not have all the shots in the book and still score runs in test cricket, as you can wait for your ball even if it takes 20, 25, 50 balls. You have patience, you score runs in test cricket. In T20, you cannot wait for your ball, you just do not have time. So, what happens to the batsmen is they evolve, they develop some unthinkable shots, which is excellent for the game in general.Also, regarding bowlers being punished, I think it is actually the other way round. in tests, as a bowler, you have to take 20 wickets, whereas here just do not concede boundaries, as simple as that. But consider the pressure on batsmen, you ve got 120 balls to play and score 180 runs(1.5 runs per ball!!!). Who said T20 is batsmen's game, it is actually loaded heavily in favour of bowlers!!!

  • ladycricfan on May 19, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Teams are selected for 20-20 overs contest. When rain interrupts the play, overs have to be reduced. What other option organizers have? CSK team without power hitters, play best in a 20-20 overs contest. When overs are reduced they are beatable by teams with big hitters eg: MI(pollard), RCB(Gayle), RR( Watson) etc. Hope rain doesn't play spoil sport in the play-offs and finals.

  • Sheela on May 19, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    50 over and T20 cricket are entertainments only. Wicket taking is not at all the aim and run saving to the maximum extent is. In Test the aim is to take 20 opposition wickets. This clear distinction is not understood by people who are only interested in entertainment. This writer has already suggested that number of wickets should be restricted in 50 overs adn T20 matches.

  • IcTP on May 19, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Would it be an improvement to scale down the wickets available to the batting team, in proportion to the number of overs in the innings? So each innings of a T20 game reduced to 8-overs-a-side would end after 4 dismissals instead of the usual 10.

    Thoughts, people?

  • on May 19, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Really good article! T20 has its place - I quite enjoy it. But E8? Honestly what kind of contest is that?

  • RottPhiler on May 19, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    I find this discussion to be similar to comparing the works by the Impressionist artists, and graffiti. Monet, Van Gogh, Michaelangelo and all those artists, created pieces of art that took your breath away, was valued more, and in general made you reminisce. Then along came graffiti, which people condemned as scribbling, vandalism etc, but taken on its own, some pieces of graffiti art are beautiful in its own sense, while never being able to challenge the Impressionist painters for aesthetic beauty and appeal.

    T20 is beautiful in its own right, but every cricket fan who knows their cricket would never compare it with Test cricket even lightly. The reason why I enjoy T20, especially the IPL is that I get to see the best of the best (or most of them), play with equally good players and have an equal opportunity for success, unlike talents like Brian Lara or Daniel Vettori struggling with sub-par teams, and also gives me a chance to indulge in tribalism for the teams I support.

  • Nuwan_R on May 20, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    At least put the boundaries back to normal size please. It's very boring when the batsmen can clear the ropes regardless of the quality of the delivery.

  • green_jelly on May 20, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    Cricket seems to be a unique game in this context. We cannot imagine tennis tournaments with one set or international half-court basketball tournaments or day long soccer games. But cricket is flexible enough to enable such vastly different formats to be played seriously. The fact that all these formats are so successful is a profound statement about the game of cricket. Let us not tarnish it by criticizing its flexibility.

  • Sadiq1952 on May 19, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Why compare t-20 with 5 day matches. They offer different perspectives and both have pluses and minuses. How many people have time and patience to watch 5 day cricket? Many times the going is so slow that even an avid cricket lover like me can get bored to death! And what about the frustration of not having a result after 5 days of toiling? Let's get real and enjoy the positive aspects of all three forms of the game: T 20, 50-50 and 5 day.

  • on May 19, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Cricket be it an eight over contest or a test match is interesting. That's the beauty of the game, no format can be compared as such. Every format has it's merits. Yesterday's E8 game was just a once in a blue moon event, a match had to occur so as to not disappoint the fans at the stadium. It was fun and engaging right from the ball one. You are spot on when you say it is the closest cricket will ever come to smartphone cricket. But that's how the match had to be played, that's how an eight over game in the streets is treated anyway.

  • on May 19, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    The writer seems to be in too much love with tests. All the three of the formats have their own beauty and tests different skills of players. For example, you may not have all the shots in the book and still score runs in test cricket, as you can wait for your ball even if it takes 20, 25, 50 balls. You have patience, you score runs in test cricket. In T20, you cannot wait for your ball, you just do not have time. So, what happens to the batsmen is they evolve, they develop some unthinkable shots, which is excellent for the game in general.Also, regarding bowlers being punished, I think it is actually the other way round. in tests, as a bowler, you have to take 20 wickets, whereas here just do not concede boundaries, as simple as that. But consider the pressure on batsmen, you ve got 120 balls to play and score 180 runs(1.5 runs per ball!!!). Who said T20 is batsmen's game, it is actually loaded heavily in favour of bowlers!!!

  • ladycricfan on May 19, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Teams are selected for 20-20 overs contest. When rain interrupts the play, overs have to be reduced. What other option organizers have? CSK team without power hitters, play best in a 20-20 overs contest. When overs are reduced they are beatable by teams with big hitters eg: MI(pollard), RCB(Gayle), RR( Watson) etc. Hope rain doesn't play spoil sport in the play-offs and finals.

  • Sheela on May 19, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    50 over and T20 cricket are entertainments only. Wicket taking is not at all the aim and run saving to the maximum extent is. In Test the aim is to take 20 opposition wickets. This clear distinction is not understood by people who are only interested in entertainment. This writer has already suggested that number of wickets should be restricted in 50 overs adn T20 matches.

  • IcTP on May 19, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Would it be an improvement to scale down the wickets available to the batting team, in proportion to the number of overs in the innings? So each innings of a T20 game reduced to 8-overs-a-side would end after 4 dismissals instead of the usual 10.

    Thoughts, people?

  • on May 19, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Really good article! T20 has its place - I quite enjoy it. But E8? Honestly what kind of contest is that?

  • 9ST9 on May 19, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    @Gridharan C++ seriously? It's gone the same way as tests. I loved coding it in the classic style just like tests but just like T20 the rave nowadays is python, Java and C#.

  • on May 19, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Mr. Purohit doth protest too much! So, is it ok when Kohli and Co., flogged CSK bowling for 8 sixes and a dozen fours but not so ok for Dhoni and Co., banging five sixes and a few pitiful fours? Taking the opposition bowlers to the cleaners is, I thought, ok in all formats of the game. The grace or lack of it is also part of the game, or is it not?

  • The-love on May 19, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @Giridharan :- Well said bro....I completely agree.... I think after chennai,only Kolkata has the best chance of beating SRH in their backyard as they have the bowlers suitable for that kind of pitch....I just hope we will be able to see Gaylestorm and Kohlikamaal in playoffs....

  • on May 19, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Makes good point (this one-off aside). To level the playing field for the bowlers reduce the wickets to 4 or 5 for 20-20 games.

  • on May 19, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Why so much hype about this? This was just one off match which had to be shortened due to rain. Purists may not like this, but nevertheless crowd enjoyed this game.

    T20 and limited over cricket will remain popular whether you like it or not. These people can't wait 5 days and their prime time for watching cricket. T20 offers entertainment and doesn't waste too much of our productive time.

  • AdelShaukath on May 19, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Posted by Adel: @all the senthil's and subramaniam's: How come it's a "bad wicket", or the reduced overs that's hampering CSK when they lose, and nobody wonders how they manage to score a 200 on a pitch with a first innings average of just 130? Learn to appreciate it when the opposition has played better cricket than your team!

    and about E8, let me quote Sid Monga, who I feel, is one of very few unbiased analysts left in India. "It's open to debate if T20 is cricket, but this certainly wasn't (don't let me go deeper into it). However, the constraints for both teams were similar, so well done RCB"

  • Omnicomment on May 19, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Same gripe, new gripe water bottle.

    Why is there a proliferation of batsman-fans? Answer: We grew up in the 90s with an India that relied on its batting prowess to win. Being partisan made us root for the batsman.

    As regards kids these days, or new cricket converts: one only has to recall Sehwag walking over all sorts of attacks in a haughty, imperious, dismissive and almost disrespectful manner. Our approving acceptance of this has a lot to do with how a need to demonstrate superiority over another human being - unfortunately - finds a place in contemporary sporting (and even general) zeitgeist.

    But I will always love bowling forevermore. Let me, ironically, quote a batsman who makes my case. Dravid, in his interview after the latest MI v RR match talking about why he thinks send-offs are cowardly said - a bowler's victory on the field against a particular batsman has a sense of finality to it. Once dismissed in that match, there's no effective on field retort for the batsman.

  • on May 19, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Well i dont understand why some people here are crying on SRH and their pitches .. I guess you are not able to digest the fact that your team full of superstars and the hype and hoopla are now at the mercy of a team like SRH without any superstars(except Steyn) who came to this position only by their fight .. for someone who says Hyd has the worst pitches .. boss do u remember the 2nd highest score this IPL was scored at Hyd and a pitch is not called a bad pitch if only one team gets out under 100 .. SRH keeps winning because of its bowling which is far superior to may other superstar teams and hey we know How Dhoni handed u the macth yesterday on a platter yesterday( winning the toss and bowling, sending Vijay up the order , bowling Mohit sharma for one over, not appealing for kohli's catch) otherwise you would have been out by now ..

  • on May 19, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Zaheer Khan got 4 wickets.So didn't he play a good part in the win.Didn't the RCB bowlers have a big role to play in the match. And coming to an eight over format of the game,this happened just because of rain.and T20 is also real pressure situations which you wouldn't be having in ODI's or Test cricket.so it is different in its nature. And finally in the context of the tournament, which is better: RCB exiting due to Rain or an SH win? Come on stop criticising one of the interesting formats of the game. And now from the Indian domestic cricketers perspective, they get to play in IPL-make money and also make an impression on the selectors. Do you know how many Indian domestic players in the past have suffered being a cricketer and not making it big in the game.Played Ranji cricket all their life and never made it to the Indian team.so this would encourage youngsters to make cricket as a profession and their parents to support.

  • on May 19, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    If you had ever done the treadmill at 15.5 for 30 minutes and then the weights and stuff and had to be on diet...and play a game of cricket in the hot sun only to earn a meager 10000 rupees and a clerical job in a bank, then at one stage you tend to question if its worth it. While those in your humble flat or home among a crowded locality might be talking about C++, Internet, Onsite and earning 20000 rupees a month to start with...Then the lure to earn more and get a decent flat, help the family etc take over. At that stage an IPL selection does help doesn't it? Many many end up as stunt artists in cinema. They have fine biceps and can somersault. Many can hit the hard ball into the stands. They end up with 15 years of cricket in strange places. So sportsmen like some cine stars need their moments. Their money. Test cricket did not give that. Nor Ranji. Just like theater and masala movies. Those days were golden but those days were those days. Only keep IPL clean and dont neglect tests

  • orangtan on May 19, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Spot on, Abhishek, but it's obvious the majority of your readers are quite happy to accept this dumbed-down version of the game, to each his own even if it's the lowest common denominator !!

  • on May 19, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Well said!! Where are the ooh's and aah's in Cricket. "Scream for everything!!" LOL!

  • on May 19, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Still better than rain forcing a test to end in a drab DRAW!

  • Satyendra1 on May 19, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    It was just a one-off situation..! So according to you Abhishek, should the fate of RCB have been decided by rain rather than the actual game ?? It was just befitting that the game of cricket was played and its result makes contribution in taking such a long tournament forward in its final stage rather than the rain !!

  • Kulaputra on May 19, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    E8 us beautiful in its own right. Last night we had a match of a lifetime. Each ball counted, not to be lazed away like Sir Neville Cardus used to say. What everyone forgot was that the Bangalore team innovated and Chennai did not. Their openers were not flexible with game.

    RCB won the game fairly and squarely on their merit.

    This article is a load of nonsense as it fails to recognise the game for what it was.

    About the shouting, it is a part of IPL and so is the RJ. A purist like me, who liked only test cricket have gotten adjusted to the tamasha side of IPL. My children like it and who am I to object. And about cheering opposition's dot ball or your own six. Does the author expect the crowd to sit quiet and silently clap ?

    I went to Dharmashala to see a match and let me tell you our RCB crowd is way superior to them as there even the RJ could not get to yell for Punjab !!!

    Author - wakeup to the brave new world

  • on May 19, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    This was... unnecessary. There was rain and a result was needed.

  • subbu3071988 on May 19, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    svenkat02:Boss! Are you new to ipl or what? If the team which you are supporting are unable to hit sixes then why blame the pitch at Bangalore? It is the same with Mumbai as well! Hyderabad pitch is one of the worst pitches ever produced in the ipl history! Bangalore's pitch is one of the best in this year's ipl. This was not said by me, but by experts like Ravi Sastry and MS Dhoni himself!

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 19, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Farcical contest? There is a limit to the extremes an author can go in describing an unusual situation. Rain interved. So what then is the solution? Share points? Toss a coin? Postpone the match to next morning?

    And you call this a farce? There is a often used management quote:

    "Are you on the side of the problem OR Are you on the side of the solution?"

    This views in this article clearly shows where the author is.

  • SRAM20 on May 19, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    @ writer: Its not like this everywhere.... Bangalore pitch is notoriously known for producing obscenely high scores. This is where Gayle scored that 175* and RCB scored 260 odd. No score is too high here, and its a pretty ugly advertisement for cricket.Chennai despite losing so many wickets end up scoring 10+ an over. There have been some good pitches this IPL, especially the ones in Jaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad, etc. But pitches like Bangalore are disgraceful!

  • ibbani on May 19, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    RCB had the killer instinct last night when thy imposed 106/2 in 8 overs. VK, CG and Zak were unstoppable. SRH awaits an exit for their low score matches. Hope KKR helps his Delhi teammate VK.

  • on May 19, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    There is no insult to the fans in the article. Its bold and there is truth in what the author is saying. The commentary on TV yesterday was also irritating asking for the batsmen to win the game until the last 4 balls. I was surprised that they didnt talk about how an 8 over game changes/kills the game itself.

  • on May 19, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Brilliantly written. Agree with everything...it was a farce of monumental proportions and the shorter the game, the bigger the lottery it is. Watch England and New Zealand on a rival network...wonderful seam bowling, real skill. Will that art die?

  • on May 19, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Oh boy!! What a rant. Do you realize that this was a one-off situation created due to the rain? Why the sudden outburst against t20? Even I disliked T20 initially, but as it gets mature, you would still see strategies and mini-battles just like you would in a Test, albeit on a smaller scale

  • mbaaz on May 19, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    I completely agree with your analysis Mr. Purohit.

    Cricket in my growing up days - 90s seems so far in the past now - was a keen contest of a Dravid, Sachin & Saurav playing tactfully against a barrage of bowlers in Wasim, Waqar & Shoaib followed by Saqlain in the Tests & the ODIs. I remember the thrill I got when Sachin hit a straight drive off a potentially toe crushing Waqar yorker or Dravid launching ever so gracefully into a cover drive off a swinging (don't know how many ways) Wasim delivery or a Lara or Ganguly caressing a McGrath or Shoaib through a packed off side where none of the fielders had any chance to move a muscle.

    Growing up I remember watching the Ashes test matches and thinking why do the English batsmen have no answer to McGrath, Fleming, Warne combo bar a Thorpe inning once in a while.

    To be honest, when I started playing, I was scare of batting as I wanted to go back home without a fracture or a bruised skull.

    Hope T20s will not ruin Criket for future kids.

  • on May 19, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    I echo zaheer's comments.Yesterdays bowling scorecard read the most economical bowler was zaheer with 8.5 runs per over.A few years back this kind of run rate was very rare. A few years down the line hitting 6 sixers in a over might become a regular feature.It has surely now become a batsmens game with the bowler as a facilitator of entertainment. Dhoni,Kohli,Raina,Vijay have shined never like before and i doubt if they can face the battery of pace bowlers in upcoming SA tests.It is then truly a test of pride vs money.

  • Vicky_Maly on May 19, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    You are getting overly dramatic Abhishek. I quirky short game handed out by the by the forces of nature can be seen just as an exception. We see shortened 20 over a side games in ODIs when there is rain intervention. In this modern age governed by flexibility and adaptation, everybody had a good game and one wouldn't look for ghosts in the cupboard. These situations do provide a topic to writers to come up with a theme and I guess that's what you did.

  • Aspraso on May 19, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    @purohit -- we have games being decided by the super over so O1 is already here !!

  • harsha_chu on May 19, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Too bad that neither the fans in the stadium nor watching on the TV agree with you ! You must realize that the fan in Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai will come to the stadium whether it is a 20-20 or a test match. Please check the attendance levels for test matches at the wankhede, chepauk or the chinnaswami. Cricket will never go for a E8 format. Yesterday was a one-off thing because of the rain. Please stop insulting the fans and the format. IPL is here to stay.

  • on May 19, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Zaheer khan the legendary bowler did it for RCB otherwise Dhoni & co Had go over the RCB bowler, great bowling by Zack.

  • crick_wizard on May 19, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    I accept that this match was a bit of a farce..but I don't see why the author needs to be so critical of it and go overboard in ridiculing it...we need to realize that the match was reduced due to nature's intervention..considering that the fans waited patiently for so many hours, playing an 8 over game is far better then sending them home empty handed..also remember that RCB's playoff chances are at stake and they would have really felt aggrieved if the match was called off..

  • crick_wizard on May 19, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    I accept that this match was a bit of a farce..but I don't see why the author needs to be so critical of it and go overboard in ridiculing it...we need to realize that the match was reduced due to nature's intervention..considering that the fans waited patiently for so many hours, playing an 8 over game is far better then sending them home empty handed..also remember that RCB's playoff chances are at stake and they would have really felt aggrieved if the match was called off..

  • on May 19, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Zaheer khan the legendary bowler did it for RCB otherwise Dhoni & co Had go over the RCB bowler, great bowling by Zack.

  • harsha_chu on May 19, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Too bad that neither the fans in the stadium nor watching on the TV agree with you ! You must realize that the fan in Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai will come to the stadium whether it is a 20-20 or a test match. Please check the attendance levels for test matches at the wankhede, chepauk or the chinnaswami. Cricket will never go for a E8 format. Yesterday was a one-off thing because of the rain. Please stop insulting the fans and the format. IPL is here to stay.

  • Aspraso on May 19, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    @purohit -- we have games being decided by the super over so O1 is already here !!

  • Vicky_Maly on May 19, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    You are getting overly dramatic Abhishek. I quirky short game handed out by the by the forces of nature can be seen just as an exception. We see shortened 20 over a side games in ODIs when there is rain intervention. In this modern age governed by flexibility and adaptation, everybody had a good game and one wouldn't look for ghosts in the cupboard. These situations do provide a topic to writers to come up with a theme and I guess that's what you did.

  • on May 19, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    I echo zaheer's comments.Yesterdays bowling scorecard read the most economical bowler was zaheer with 8.5 runs per over.A few years back this kind of run rate was very rare. A few years down the line hitting 6 sixers in a over might become a regular feature.It has surely now become a batsmens game with the bowler as a facilitator of entertainment. Dhoni,Kohli,Raina,Vijay have shined never like before and i doubt if they can face the battery of pace bowlers in upcoming SA tests.It is then truly a test of pride vs money.

  • mbaaz on May 19, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    I completely agree with your analysis Mr. Purohit.

    Cricket in my growing up days - 90s seems so far in the past now - was a keen contest of a Dravid, Sachin & Saurav playing tactfully against a barrage of bowlers in Wasim, Waqar & Shoaib followed by Saqlain in the Tests & the ODIs. I remember the thrill I got when Sachin hit a straight drive off a potentially toe crushing Waqar yorker or Dravid launching ever so gracefully into a cover drive off a swinging (don't know how many ways) Wasim delivery or a Lara or Ganguly caressing a McGrath or Shoaib through a packed off side where none of the fielders had any chance to move a muscle.

    Growing up I remember watching the Ashes test matches and thinking why do the English batsmen have no answer to McGrath, Fleming, Warne combo bar a Thorpe inning once in a while.

    To be honest, when I started playing, I was scare of batting as I wanted to go back home without a fracture or a bruised skull.

    Hope T20s will not ruin Criket for future kids.

  • on May 19, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Oh boy!! What a rant. Do you realize that this was a one-off situation created due to the rain? Why the sudden outburst against t20? Even I disliked T20 initially, but as it gets mature, you would still see strategies and mini-battles just like you would in a Test, albeit on a smaller scale

  • on May 19, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Brilliantly written. Agree with everything...it was a farce of monumental proportions and the shorter the game, the bigger the lottery it is. Watch England and New Zealand on a rival network...wonderful seam bowling, real skill. Will that art die?

  • on May 19, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    There is no insult to the fans in the article. Its bold and there is truth in what the author is saying. The commentary on TV yesterday was also irritating asking for the batsmen to win the game until the last 4 balls. I was surprised that they didnt talk about how an 8 over game changes/kills the game itself.