T20 is the champion format

HARARE - Purists like myself will always believe that Test cricket always has been and always will be the ultimate form of cricket.

But there is no doubt that after the recently concluded ICC Twenty20 World Cup in India, the shortest version of the game has reiterated its massive following around the world.

The West Indies have through sheer determination stolen the hearts of millions of fans, and rejuvenated the long lost faith of those who stopped believing in them.

It has been mixed year for the islanders, on the pitch, they have hardly put a foot wrong, with their Under-19’s winning the World Cup earlier this year, and their women and men’s team lifting the T20 trophies on the same day.

Pre-tournament favourites India and Australia, who most expected to meet in the final were sent packing, but this did little to dampen the passion of the cricket crazy Indian population who despite their home team’s exit, still thronged Eden Gardens to watch England and the West Indies slug it out.

It wasn’t only the likes of India, Australia, England and the West Indies who hogged the limelight, the likes of New Zealand, who played with their usual tenacity and Afghanistan, who’s story still moves many to tears also stole the hearts of millions around the globe.

Afghanistan swept fellow qualifiers Hong Kong, Scotland and Zimbabwe aside with contempt and disdain, and put up a grand fight in the super 10 stage, and will be able to tell their grandchildren that they were the only team who were able to beat the World champions of 2016.

Afghanistan have now proven on five occasions that they are worthy of been ranked higher than Zimbabwe, and if given more opportunities to play the stronger nations, there is no doubt that their game will expand beyond the realms of T20 cricket.

T20 cricket may be referred to as bubblegum cricket by many purists, but it has become apparent that this format is the most unpredictable of the three formats, and that it really isn’t over until the very last ball has been bowled.

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