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Ricky Ponting Reflects On Evolution Of T20 Cricket For Batters
By CricShots - May 3, 2024 6:09 pm
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Cricket, once a sport defined by a delicate equilibrium between bat and ball, has evolved dramatically with the rise of T20 cricket. The explosive nature of T20s has shifted the game’s landscape, giving batsmen unparalleled authority and reshaping strategies and outcomes.

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Ricky Ponting, current head coach of Delhi Capitals and former Australian captain, reflects on this evolution, expressing his disbelief at the staggering scores now achievable in T20 cricket. Ponting admits that he never envisioned teams reaching the 300-run mark, but with the evolving dynamics favouring aggressive batting, he sees it as an imminent milestone.

“I did not think a 300 score would ever be possible, but it looks like it’s going to be,” Ricky Ponting stated in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.

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Ponting also observes a departure from traditional batting approaches, where batters once took their time to settle in before launching their attack. Nowadays, there’s a prevailing trend of immediate aggression from the first ball, eschewing the customary period of adjustment.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting

“There is no, you know, take five, six balls to get in and get set. It is go out, and hit from ball one,” Ricky Ponting remarked.

Reflecting on his own journey, Ponting recalls a conversation with former teammate Matthew Hayden, who prophesied T20 cricket as the future. Initially sceptical, Ponting resisted Hayden’s assertions, being a staunch advocate of classical cricket.

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“Matthew Hayden kept saying to me: ‘Mate, I am telling you, this is the future.’ And I was like, ‘No, it is not, mate.’,” Ricky Ponting recalled.

Yet, as T20 cricket continues to captivate audiences worldwide with its explosive displays and innovative strategies, Ponting’s scepticism has transformed into acknowledgement, showcasing the profound impact of this dynamic format on the sport’s evolution.