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Grace Endures

No one-off this. For, T20 is a mini essay on basics—with a flourish.

Grace Endures Grace Endures

Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have said he loves to live in the present but he has also seen the future. "T20 cricket will catch up in India," the Indian captain gushed after his team won the the ICC World Twenty20 crown. "People in India love sixes and fours...the excitement of it all. We did have a domestic T20 tournament but I think it will now catch up and people will turn up in good numbers. It is going to be huge in India."

It's not as if all agree with Dhoni. But even those who differ aren't categorical. Australian coach Tim Nielsen, for instance, hopes T20 doesn't become cricket's future—yet isn't averse to its existence altogether. "It is difficult to tell where Twenty20 will go. It will be interesting to see how one-off T20 games are delivered and how the players accept them," he notes. Nielsen may have a point there, what with the International Cricket Council placing an embargo on its members not playing more than three home matches and four away games a year. "We will play a lot of one-day cricket because of its (relatively longer) history. It would be hard for T20 to take over too quickly," Nielsen says, but doesn't show any alacrity to write it off altogether. "We have a real job to make sure that it maintains its vitality and vibrant quality among the cricketing public, and can drag in new people to the gates. If we can do that, I think T20 will slot well with one-day and Test cricket."

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