October 3, 2008
Temperature soared high during the India’s recent cricket tour of Australia but if we go by the words of dashing opening batsmen for Australia Mathew Hayden, the T20 cricket series organized by Indian Premier League( IPL) in India has almost nursed back the bitter wounds that created a lot of bitterness between the cricket teams of India and Australia.
Hayden is also of the opinion that such type of enmity hopefully will not come back to haunt the game of cricket.
The summer tour of Indian cricket team last year had nearly ripped apart the spirit of gentleman’s game because of the so-called racial discrimination incident that occurred between star Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh & Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
Hayden himself was involved in one-off incident and provided fuel to the fire by referring the Indian spinner as ‘obnoxious weed’. The hullabaloo that was generated in the series even forced International Cricket Council to intervene in the matter.
After an earthquake in cricket, IPL T20 cricket series gave the much needed relief by providing a platform to cricket players from different countries to share a common dressing room.
It did a great job in normalizing associations between not only two cricket playing nations but also among two people. At present, the Aussie opener is eagerly waiting to play the famed spin bowling of the Indian Cricket team.
However it has been rightly said that T20 form of cricket not only revolutionized the way cricket is played but has also bridged the cracks that shook the foundations of the cricketing world.