When T20 cricket was first introduced in 2003, it was seen as an adjunct to the longer formats of the game. Now, a little under two decades later, it’s one of the fastest-growing sporting codes in the world. Despite the game’s immense popularity, T20 was seen as just a bit of fun – the skills required were considered inferior as compared to other formats of the game.
Everything began to change between September 2007 and April 2008 when the inaugural World Cup was won by India and was followed by the advent of online cricket betting. As the internet gained prominence, cricket betting sites made the entire betting process super easy, and players could make quick cash by betting online on their favourite teams. The easy of earning money was the prime reason that drew millennials to T20 cricket betting and also contributed to the increasing popularity of the format. What’s more, Cricket Betting Tips and other online review sites offered the best tips and allowed players to improve their odds of winning.
Today, T20 has become a unique blend of entertainment and sport, and often the combination of these two can be seen on the ground itself. Songs are played during the game and there are cheerleaders to motivate the players. All of these things help in keeping the audience engaged and T20 matches have sell-out crowds.
Starting from the format’s inception in 2005, T20I status applied to only full members and associate teams. However, in April 2018, ICC announced that it would grant T20I status to all its 105 members from January 2019. Today, 80 nations feature in ICC T20I team rankings.
In the past few months, there was a lot of dialogue concerning India’s wicketkeeper in white-ball cricket. Indian and Royal challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel expressed his opinion on his choice for his role. Patel talked about this matter during the latest episode of ‘Lockdown But Not Out’ series by FanCode.
KL Rahul is the first choice keeper for ODIs and T20s: Parthiv Patel
The left-handed batsman said that he believes KL Rahul is the first-choice keeper for ODIs and T20s. Patel also pointed out that KL Rahul could be India’s short-term option, seeing at the ICC T20 World Cup, which is scheduled later this year.
At this point of time, KL Rahul. I feel Rahul is your short-term thing in a way if you’re thinking of the World Cup. I think he’ll do the job for you during the World Cup, there’s no doubt about it,” he said.
As for Rishabh Pant, Parthiv took his own example and said that he thinks that Pant should return and play a few more years of domestic cricket. He additionally stated that the Delhi Keeper has a lot of talent in him. Also, Patel revealed that he advised the same to Pant himself.
“Rishabh Pant definitely has it in him, there’s no doubt about that. If I put myself into his shoes when I was 17-18, I didn’t have a good series, and going back to domestic cricket for a couple of years helped me a lot. Every time I’ve met Rishabh, I’ve always told him that people are talking about you because you’ve talent in you. If you had no talent and if you weren’t talented, people wouldn’t have been talking about you, so keep that in mind. Sometimes, you have to go back to domestic cricket and just get that form back,” Parthiv explained.
Parthiv also revealed that he was totally impressed by Jasprit Bumrah and mentioned the pacer to Virat Kohli before Mumbai Indians picked him in IPL auction.
“I told Virat that this is the guy, we should be picking him! But obviously, Mumbai Indians outwitted RCB and he went to Mumbai Indians,” Patel said.