Hit or Miss – Is T20 the superior form of cricket?

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Wait, what sports? From a guy whose name rhymes with Sharon and has the hand-eye co-ordination of a blind coma patient? Yes dammit, sports. Now I may not have any idea who the current national team captain is or what LBW means, but I do know that I can easily sit down and enjoy a rapid-fire game of cricket where each side has a mere 20 overs to play.

I’ve found myself at St Georges Park several times watching while the crowd favourite brass band spun some sweet tunes to get the atmosphere headed towards a fever pitch of excitement. And it works. There’s just something about T20 cricket that is fun and catchy. This idea that every blow with the piece of a wood that is oddly narrow yet wide has to result in a six.

It’s also far, far superior to your regular test cricket, a week-long event of guys standing around in white clothes as the runs trickle in. Sweet Don Bradman that is just cricket at its worst when compared to some fresh T20 innings. Boring, tedious and time-consuming stuff that’s about as exciting as a slideshow of your relative’s vacation to Bloemfontein. Or is it? Is T20 ruining the game, or is a more limited format more appealing to you in a world where you have less time to dedicate towards leisure activities?

Is T20 cricket just a better version of an otherwise stuffy game that only appeals to purists and the stiffest of upper lips? Or is a regular one-day international of 50 overs still the perfect middle-ground? Sound off below and let us know.

Last Updated: February 17, 2017

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  • BakedBagel

    Hitting a ball with a stick is still relevant how?

    • Captain JJ

      Not everyone can read 😛

    • HairyEwok

      I dono, ask the golfers….

      • Captain JJ

        You mean the “shit on poor people” sport 😉

      • MonsterCheddar

        Oi. I’m a golfer.

    • Original Heretic

      They get paid money. And people watch them.

  • Captain JJ

    Wait. Sport?
    *moves along*

  • Dutch Matrix

    Well, if we had T20 cricket when I was a younger lad, I would have gotten to playing Doom on the Saturn much more than I did.

    Summer holidays is just not the same if you are not watching your snorind dad drooling all over himsels whilst he “watches cricket” and the second you start playing all you hear is “Sit af daai [email protected] ons kyk die krieket!”

  • HairyEwok

    What does the T in T20 mean.

    • Captain JJ

      Tricket

      • HairyEwok

        Ohhh you nearly cricked me there.

    • Dutch Matrix

      Tottie

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Twenty. It’s proper name is Twenty20 cricket, shortened to T20.

      • HairyEwok

        Thank you. Why Twenty20. I get the 20 is the overs. What’s the other twenty? The amount of teams?

        • Dutch Matrix

          Like each team gets 20 overs to bowl?

  • Dutch Matrix

    Maybe if they played with live grenades that would have been more fun!
    “BOOM! And Bavuma takes a spleen in the face!”

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Test match cricket is the pinnacle of the sport. A thorough test of both batsmen and bowlers skill and patience. Yes is can be boring, but it can also be very exciting – just like all forms of the game.

    • Dutch Matrix

      Ever watched some of the old timey Brits play test matches. I remember once, this guy scored a run and he looked about as if he was Lord of the Commons or something like that!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Yeah, back in the day when 2 runs per over was equivalent to today’s 12 an over.

        • Dutch Matrix

          Do not remind me! Test matches, whilst brilliant in its own right. The run rate killed me! “Pretty good over that! He made 3 runs!”
          And I’m like “C’mon McMillan! Suplex the guy already!!!”

  • Member Berry Bob

    Never been a fan of cricket. The games are too damn long and far too boring. I’m not sure T20 changes things for me. Plus there is no violence. If we’re paying people stupid amounts of money for playing sport then there should be some risk attached to it.

    • Dutch Matrix

      Maybe if they played with live grenades that would have been more fun!
      “BOOM! And Bavuma takes a spleen in the face!”

      • Member Berry Bob

        Maybe not grenades since the timer is too short but I think you’re onto something there. Maybe we can put nitroglycerin in a glass tube in the ball.

    • HairyEwok

      If we’re paying people stupid amounts of money for playing sports…. So esports should be like actual Team Deathmatch games XD

      • Member Berry Bob

        Well, if you take what sports commentators say seriously then esports aren’t actually a sport so I think we can give them (esports) a break.

  • Tracy Benson

    T20’s are fun to watch live, they’re usually a good time, but nothing beats a one day in my opinion.

  • Matthew Figueira

    T20 is great <3 I don't watch the other forms at all 😛 COME AT ME FANS!

    • Original Heretic

      Matty!! Welcome, m’man!

      • Matthew Figueira

        <3 😀

    • MonsterCheddar

      Hello Muffyou!!!!!! We are missing you stukkend.

      • Matthew Figueira

        Oh you <3 missing all you peeps too! Thought i'd sneak in for some commenting today 😛 FRIDAY!

        • HairyEwok

          Your comments are as exciting as the cricket commentators 😛

          • Matthew Figueira

            I REGRET NOTHING

          • Original Heretic

            Watch the YouTube vid I posted here earlier if you wanna see/hear some awesome, funny cricket commentary.
            Makes me wish it could ALWAYS be like that!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      ShutupgoawayIhateyouyou’renotarealcabbage.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Cricket……….Yawn.

  • Member Berry Bob

    Let’s forget about cricket and make Blood Bowl a real thing 🙂

    • Captain JJ

      Live action Unreal Tournament. I’d like to see that.

      • Dutch Matrix

        It’s called going out after 10PM in the Vaal…

        • Captain JJ

          XD

  • Original Heretic

    Preference for the type of cricket that you enjoy watching comes down to how much you love the game.

    As someone who LOVES cricket, I can easily sit and watch a test match. The name itself describes it, since it’s the ultimate test for the players. It tests their endurance and their concentration to the limit. A batsman who can be out in the middle for an entire day, wreaking havoc on the opposition bowling, or just plain frustrating them by not going out, that takes some skills.
    Being out in the field all day is damn taxing.

    For pure entertainment value, T20 is the way to go. Action packed from start to finish. Plus, it’s changed the game considerably.
    A few years back, SA vs Aus in the 438 game, it was amazing to see two top teams scoring so fluidly all the way through. Now that’s become normal. Batsmen are much more willing to take risks.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Nothing heretical about what this man just said.

    • Captain JJ

      As someone who has no interest in cricket or 90% of the sports out there, this makes good sense to me 🙂

    • BakedBagel

      The old man says watching test cricket is like watching a 5 day chess game.

      I cant sit down and play a game for 5 days. Dunno how the fuck

      • Original Heretic

        Like I said, comes down how much you love the game. Also helps to be able to appreciate what they’re going through.
        I played a lot of cricket in my younger days, though my brother was the one who really excelled (he got SA Colours for Indoor Cricket), so when can relate, it helps.

    • HairyEwok

      I thought test matches meant their being scored on performance before the actual game.

      • Original Heretic

        Huh? I don’t even know what you mean by that…

        • BakedBagel

          You know how you have tests before exams…. yeah >_>

          • HairyEwok

            Hehe, you got it at least 😛

          • Original Heretic

            Oh right. Heh, I’m thinking cricket, sorry.

    • Captain JJ

      lol

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Maybe if you’d spent some time learning to bowl a cricket ball you’d be better at catching Pokemon!

      • Thanks for reminding me to update Pokemon Go xD

    • Matthew Figueira

      This pic makes me lol every time xD

  • Sageville

    • MonsterCheddar

      XD

  • MonsterCheddar

    There are only 2 legitimate sports in the life of the Cheddar, and those are Golf and MotoGP.

    That is until wanking becomes a sport.

    Backhand, forehand, backhand,forehand……..Juice.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      You said legitimate, I think you meant to say boring.

      • Captain JJ

        I was wondering that same thing when he said sport and then golf. 😛

      • MonsterCheddar

        I can’t hear you over how awesome MotoGP is….

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          You could hear me think it over how awesome it is. 😛

          • Captain JJ

            Damn. I’m all for motorsport, but this burn rules all.

          • MonsterCheddar

            HA!!! Snap. Your elderly mind is still sharp as a tack I see.

          • MonsterCheddar

    • Dutch Matrix

      Kom-mentaar moet briljant wees…

    • BakedBagel

      Stop Masturbating

  • Original Heretic

    In similar news, SA is kicking NZ’s ass in the current T20! We’ve almost got them all out!

    • BakedBagel

      Out? Where are they going?

      • Original Heretic

        Home.

        • BakedBagel

          lmao!

    • MonsterCheddar

      Where we taking them?

      • Original Heretic

        Anywhere we want if we give them enough alcohol.

        • HairyEwok

          Ohhhhh SA gonna get laid whoop whoop!

          • BakedBagel

            Please ask them for consent first.

          • Original Heretic

            They’re not sheep, so I dunno hey…

          • HairyEwok

            SNAP! XD

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      All out – and 5 for Tahir.

      • Original Heretic

        yup, good game for us.

        Just wish we could be more consistent with our T20 performances. We never seem to be at the same level as we can reach in tests. Or even ODI’s (no WC choking comments, please!).

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I dunno, I think consistency is very difficult to achieve in T20 – a single good or bad over has a much greater impact on the game than in any other format. There’s far more luck involved in T20.

          • Original Heretic

            Yeah, I hear what you’re saying, but that doesn’t prevent certain teams from always performing well in the format. Pakistan is usually right up in the thick of things.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    No, it’s not a superior form of cricket, though it’s NORMALLY the more entertaining form of cricket.

    I still prefer the 50 over setup.

  • Dutch Matrix

    Tennis. I love Tennis.

  • Original Heretic

    For any cricket fans who want a good laugh, check this out. Warning!! NSFW!! Foul language a-plenty!

    • HvR

      • Original Heretic

        Brilliant!

        But damn, I was hit in the nethers a few times back in the day. NOT funny. Well, it is to everyone else!

        • HvR

          LOL had my fair share of nut shots in the goalie box on the hockey field

          • Original Heretic

            The ballbox is your friend!

            Gawd, I remember when I just started high school, one of our first cricket practices, some lass comes walking up, has a little chat to us. She looks over at the kit lying about, picks a box up and asks,” What this for?” And then proceeds to put it over her nose and mouth!
            Laughter….so, so much laughter!

  • Skittle

    I have never been more triggered in my life #testcricketmatters

    • Captain JJ

      Test what?

      • Skittle

        My patience

        • Captain JJ

          XD

  • Skittle

    Speaking of T20 cricket, the Proteas just crushed the Black Caps

  • MonsterCheddar

    Best use of a cricket bat ever.

  • Admiral Chief

    NO, d20 is

  • My favourite is the 50 over format… 20/20 is fun but not really serious…

    Test matches are just far too long for me to watch

    • miaau

      When I was growing up, in school holidays, I would leave the TV on during Test Matches and read books or other things like that. When the your hear the commentators or crowd make a noise, you just put the volume a bit louder and watch the replay.

      Sort of defeats the point for me, though.

  • miaau

    Confession: I hardly ever watch cricket games. Yet, I follow all the Proteas matches on my phone, in as real-time as possible. I enjoy it. But to watch? Patience…….

    So, if forced to watch a game, it would have to be T20, maybe a ODI. But no further.

  • [email protected]

    Shut your heathen mouth! Test matches are what cricket is all about, one days are acceptable and T20 in my opinions is just for shits and giggles and shouldn’t be any indication of a players actual skill.

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