This might be fairly niche… I admit I’ve never seen a full T20 game. It started after I left the UK. And where I live cricket doesn’t exist live or on the telly. So I have to make do with 15 min youtube highlights at best. But I love cricket and still love reading about it in all its guises and follow the OBOs when I can.
And while I initially subscribed to the hit and giggle narrative I can now see that a whole new skillset has developed with T20, just as it did with limited overs back in the day. Some of what we see is unthinkable for someone who grew up with 80s and 90s England. Skill, athleticism, the rise of leg-spin, calmness under pressure, genius at times (there was plenty of genius back then but it may have been distracted by other things….) So I’m beginning to appreciate the fact that an economy rate might be more important than a bowling average while a strike rate is probably a better judge of a batsman than their overall average (I bet I’m really selling this to the non-cricket fans out there…)
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