Cricket is ever evolving and so are the players. As the game becomes more fast and furious, players too have to push their game to the limits. Thanks to T20 Cricket that players have become a lot more agile on the field. Be it the batting, bowling or fielding, every department has improved a great for this format of the game. With new and young players making their debut in T20s, does that mean T20 Cricket isn’t meant for the Senior guys ? Well, let’s see the impact of Senior Players on T20 Cricket.
If you see any International team today, they are a pretty young side with the average age of the team being somewhere around 24-25. Not many senior players are present in the squad itself. However this trend is changing and a lot of senior player are being recalled for the shorter format of the game. This is quite evident from the ongoing India Australia T20 series where the senior trio of Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajah Singh and Ashish Nehra were called for this series.It’s a different story that they haven’t been given a chance to play since the team has been doing good. However we can expect some change in today’s match considering that India has alreay won the series.
So how are the senior folks helping the team in T20 Cricket ?
- Well if you see the senior guys have great experience with the playing conditions. Unlike Hardik Pandya who came straight from Ahmedabad to play in Australia and had an awful first over. Senior guys are well aware of the conditions, the pitch, the outfield and all other minute details of the ground, and thus have a huge impact on the game.
- Secondly, the senior folks are much better when its comes to pressure cooker situations. For them it would just another game of pressure and can deal with it very well. Nevertheless, it was nice to see young Jasprit Bumrah pulling back things in the death overs.
- Lastly,senior guys are very good at mind games than the young ones. If the opponent is trying to get under your skins, the younger guys tend to lose their cool and soon lose their wicket too ! In those terms senior guys are calm and compose and have a cool head on their shoulders, thus have an immense impact on the outcome of the game.
So in the end we all agree that T20 Cricket is not only for the young generation. The team should have a perfect mix of experience and agility to win matches. If a team has that perfect balance, there are high chances that they would perform well. Thanks to my colleague for bring up this topic during the last T20 between India and Australia. Let’s hope team India continues their good run against Sri Lanka and as well as the upcoming T20 World Cup.