Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Adam Gilchrist and many other old masters have made their presence felt in the previous editions of the IPL but the one thing that is becoming noticeably apparent as players around the world get used to T20, is that you either have to young or a big hitter to survive in this world.
The first season had seen every big international player get an IPL contract, primarily because the BCCI didn't want any of them going to the ICL. But now that threat has diminished and the IPL has established itself. The old hands, the big games, the legends are not needed just for face value. If you can perform, you have a place; if you can't, you give way to youngsters.
And in a sense, that's what has happened to Sourav Ganguly.
"His cricket hasn't been great but this shows that unless you are at the top of your game you can't survive. The fitness is crucial. Gayle's fitness isn't great but he can hit the sixes. Without that, he also may not play," said Ayaz Memon on SportsTalk.
On the other hand, it is also emerging that Greg Chappell's theory of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional cricketers might find validation in Twenty20.
"In fact, someone like David Warner is the prototype T20 player of the future. His batting alone was not just special. But his fielding must've helped save at least 15-20 runs. And that's what you want everyone to do," Ayaz said.
In addition to this, Sports Editor Ashish Magotra and Ayaz also discuss the blue tennis courts of Madrid and a few more fun innovations for the game of cricket. You can watch all of that in the video above.
First Published On : May 11, 2012 18:38 IST