Survival of the fittest. Cricket has mutated again. While an early mutation, 50-over cricket, lives happily side-by-side with Test cricket, there aren’t enough natural resources to support both as well as Twenty20. In a few years time, one of these forms might have gone the way of the dodo.
If you can gain access to the rich nourishment provided by the Indian fan, you go a long way to ensuring your survival. With that in mind, India’s continued Twenty20 success should worry 50-over cricket greatly.
Having won the Twenty20 World Cup, India were on a high. However, almost immediately after that, they were fairly comprehensively beaten by Australia in a traditional one-day series. Black mark for one-day cricket, says the Indian fan. It does not bring joy.
But were they deserving World Champions in Twenty20? Yes, it would appear so, because reverting to that format, India win again, successfully chasing down Australia’s 166 with 11 balls to spare. Big tick and smiley face for Twenty20, says the Indian fan.
Maybe all three forms of cricket will live in harmony in a gargantuan fixture list littered with crossings-out, but if something does have to give, Twenty20’s starting to lay claim to a key resource.