Ahead of the 4th edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, West Indies all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo opines that the 10-over format will impact the game as much as T20 cricket did. It has been more than 15 years since professional T20 cricket was first played – but hogged the limelight with the inaugural editions of the T20 World Cup in 2007 and the Indian Premier League the following year.
Clearly, in the last decade and more, the shortest format of international cricket has expediated the game in other formats – some for good some for bad. T20 cricket is no more a shorter version of ODI cricket – it is and should be treated as a different form of the game.
Test matches have seen lower but quicker run-scorings; more exciting and closer than it used to be as hardly any game goes to the second session of the fifth day without rain interruptions.
T10 is not a bowler-friendly format: Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo, who is amongst the greatest short-format players, feels that the T10 attracts a lot of crowds, and being played in a short span of time will help players extend their careers. Dwayne Bravo, regarded as one of the finest death bowlers in white-ball cricket, points out that the 10-over a side format is not at all generous to the bowlers as the batsmen have an even lesser price on their wicket than in T20 cricket.
The champion CSK bowler Dwayne Bravo, with over 500 wickets and more than 6000 runs in T20 cricket, will turn up for the Delhi Bulls in the upcoming T10 tournament, which commences on January 28th, after winning the title with the Maratha Arabians in the previous season.
As quoted by the Press Trust of India, Dwayne Bravo said, “T10 is an exciting tournament and it’s a competition that is just the way T20 started a few years ago – being the hottest thing in the market, and attracting so many people around the world. I think T10 definitely can do something similar.”
I believe it can also help players prolong their careers, and as a bowler, I use it as an opportunity to challenge myself because it’s not a bowler-friendly tournament, and you come up against the best players in the world. So I use it as an opportunity to work on my skills and challenge and see how I can still compete at the highest level,” the two-time T20 World Cup winner added.