The modern-day cricket is full of fast-paced action and the T20 cricket should be given its due credit. Within a decade the format has become a major attraction in the gentlemen’s game. Nowadays the T20 leagues have been acting as the launchpad for the next generation cricketers. Particularly the IPL where a lot of Indian domestic talents take their next step. Along with them the international established players also get an opportunity to expand their repertoire.Though the Indian Premier League is a franchise-based tournament, the pressure is sky-high as the players are paid hefty amounts for their services. In such circumstances, even the critically acclaimed international stars have found it difficult to perform at their highest level. It may not be a big deal in terms of their cricketing success but it will always be a black mark in their professional careers.
The West Indies cricket has been a powerhouse in the slam-bang version of the game. Not only they are the current champions of this format they have won the prestigious title two times. The Caribbean players are the most sought commodities in the T20 market as their skillset is the winning formula for all the franchises around the globe.
When Men in Blue won the 2007 WT20 title it led to a revolution in the Indian cricket. Soon the most iconic franchise cricket league, IPL started its journey and now it has become a pipeline that has been delivering quality cricketing products. In true sense, one can say that the inaugural T20 championship is a defining moment. Above all the country got a bunch of world-class players.
The evergreen hero of Indian cricket, Yuvraj Singh is one of the individuals who played a big part in that winning campaign. He is called one of the greatest match-winners of this century. In any difficult situation, he can change the course of the game on his own. A couple of days ago the cricketing fraternity celebrated the 12th anniversary of Yuvraj Singh’s 6 sixes in an over and coincidentally the magic happened in that tournament.There is no denying the fact that Yuvraj is once in a generation talent but unfortunately, he has been an underachiever in the Indian Premier League. He began his tourney as a marquee player for the Punjab franchise and has invariably attracted elusive contracts. Still, his IPL career never took off as he changed his loyalty 6 times which proves the point of his inconsistency in IPL. It is quite strange that a player of his stature couldn’t succeed in a format that he ruled internationally.
Right now, the Sri Lankan team is going through a rough patch in their white-ball sojourn but at the start of this decade, things were rosy for them. They reached two consecutive T20 World Cup finals and won the 2014 edition against a strong side like India. A new chapter was added to their history books and some of the stars were expected to carry the team forward.
The former Lankan skipper, Angelo Mathews is a member of that group. With his talent, he became a central figure in the country’s cricket in no time. The all-rounder is a proven match-winner and his leadership skills are exemplary. All these qualities make him a complete package and that’s why the T20 franchises are ready to spend a fortune for his services. He has also been tagged as a marquee player in a couple of IPL auctions.In his initial days, Mathews traded his skills for the Kolkata team. Afterward, he joined the Pune team but shambolic performances followed him as he scored mere 300 runs in 20 outings. Then after a brief hiatus, he became a part of the Delhi team for a couple of seasons but diminished returns remained constant. Mathews has been a pale shadow of himself in a league where multi-dimensional cricketers have thrived.