The World T20 is coming ... or is it actually here.
Regardless, the teams are there.
Considering how soon after another well-followed T20 event this edition of the World Cup comes and the fact that players are going from counting their change to changing into their country's colors, there is bound to be repeated mentions of two main words: pressure and heat.
Well ... those also happen to be the two main variables in Boyle's law of gases, which basically states that for a given temperature, pressure and volume of an ideal gas are inversely proportional to each other.
Is it being implied that T20 cricket is full of hot gas ... not in this post, but maybe here.
But what IS being implied is that for our favorite cricketers at this year's T20 world cup, there might just be an inverse relationship between the pressure on them and the volume of achievements they might be bale to dish out at said event.
One could also argue like Mahesh does that the T20 version actually levels the playing field between the highly talented and the not-so-gifted, the very experienced and the rookies, the rock stars and the spectators or whatever.
Assuming that the heat (read: level playing field) is constant on the team, one might rank the teams in terms of the pressure (read: expectations) on them as follows:
India (defending champs, "rock stars", almost an entire team full of proven match winners, loads of talent, money, and support)
South Africa (excellent balance in squad, recent form @ IPL09 in their own backyard, familiarity with English conditions)
Australia (most experienced T20I team, semi-finalists last year)
New Zealand (loads of talent, recent form from IPL09)
England (hosts, decently balanced team, few match-winners)
Sri Lanka (experienced campaigners, few match-winners)
Pakistan (runners up last time, but not much cricket coming in, lots of talent)
West Indies (winners of Stanford T20, not much recent form)
Then we come to the "minnows" (really?)
So applying Boyle's Law of Cricket to these teams, the teams with the best chance to win should be:
The Netherlands ... really???
Not so fast ... that is where a key word "ideal" comes in. Boyle's law only applies to ideal gases.
Got a ranking of your own??