New Delhi: Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has felt that cricket's Twenty20 version has completely changed the way game is played.
Tendulkar talking at an event to announce ICC’s partnership with MRF Tyres ahead of the ICC World Twenty20, said "T20 has changed the dynamics of cricket, the way it is played. For example, nobody thought that batters could play reverse sweeps off fast bowlers to short third-man stands. It has changed cricket big time.”
The owner of hundred hundreds, who however, played only one one Twenty20 International, then added, “Spectators also enjoy watching T20. I believe it is a lighter format for someone who is not familiar with the game. It is the right dosage of cricket and excitement. The matches are fought to the finish and the results are close. It throws up different intensity altogether for three hours at a stretch.”
The sixth edition of World T20 will be held in India in March-April. And the 42-year-old is delighted that unlike the last year's World Cup -- for which he was a brand ambassador, he would be able to support India openly.
“…everyone is waiting for this opportunity to go and support India. This time I am not ambassador of ICC like last year when I had to say things discreetly and had said that the defending champions are ready to defend but this time I can say that India will go all the way,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)