Khel Khel Mein
I am all for the pouring of the congratulatory messages for Pakistan winning the World T20. They played brilliantly and deserved to win. Their bowling was the key to their success and their batting steady enough to rattle off the Lankan total. But there's a question waiting to be asked somewhere. Do they still think T20 is a fun game where winning and losing doesn't matter? They still don't send their best T20 batter to bat in 3 out of 5 games. And before anyone accuses me of 'sour grapes', I believe India deserved to lose as they were not consistent enough to win the trophy and Pakistan deserved to win as they beat the two more 'consistent' teams to win the Cup.
The same Younis Khan, who was talking about how the T20 results didn't matter is now dedicating this 'Victory' to Woolmer. So did he hold Woolmer in such a light opinion? And the gift to the nation is one which they 'won' without even wanting to.
I guess everyone has to come out of the closet about T20 now. You either accept it as something that is here to stay and play seriously, or say that you don't care about it and not indulge in gloating if you win. The game is such that you may end up winning a trophy without seemingly wanting to, as Pakistan found to their eternal joy.You can't have it both ways, like Pakistan. Running with the hares and hunting with the hounds is a deeply ingrained habit and the faster they shun it, the better for them.
Somebody has mentioned that test cricket is like caviar and T20 like french fries. The only problem in the practical world is that for the chef (ICC), its the french fries that fetch more money than the caviar.
Get me some french fries without the burger please!