It was a match between the now reinvented Sindhis and Rajputs that saw the chase of 94 runs by the Rajputs’ ending in just four overs. The Shane Watson led-team, the Sindhis raised a competitive total of 94 runs amongst the allotted 10 overs. The Rajputs won the match with six overs to spare chasing the total in just 24 deliveries. Talking about the same incident, the Aussie player, Ben Dunk reckons that he thought it was totally unbelievable.
Dunk said that he has played cricket for a very long time but he hasn’t seen anything like this before. “I’ve played cricket for a long time and I thought I’d seen everything. Then I had a couple of wow moments while I was over there. The first game of the tournament we chased down 94 in four overs. I was sitting there thinking, ‘my goodness, what am I watching?” said Dunk.
The cricket was refreshing and fun to watch entails Ben Dunk
Ben Dunk was a part of the Rajputs’ squad in the now transformed Abu Dhabi T10 League. There was a particular match of the league that involved Sindhis setting a target of 94 runs. In return, the Rajput's squad chased the total in a mere four overs, 24 deliveries. The Rajput's batsman Mohammad Shahzad scored 74 runs in 16 balls and aided his team in chasing the total easily. Ben Dunk still remembers the game and says that it was the most amazing cricket he has every watched. “In a couple of other games you’re in the field and the batter, first ball, runs down the wicket and puts it into the stands. It was amazing viewing. It was really refreshing and good fun,” said Dunk.
We’ve already got three forms of cricket – do we need another one? Asks Dunk
Dunk further asked that the stadiums already have three formats of cricket with them, but do we another one? Dunk said that the 20-over game has already changed the perception of the players towards the 50-over game and so T10 can further innovate this thinking and have its own league in the near future.
“It opened my eyes in terms of the possibilities you could spring into T20 cricket in terms of match-ups and when it’s time for you to go big, how big you can actually go. In T20 cricket, a big over can sometimes go for 12 or 15. Whereas in T10, there were overs that went for 20-plus regularly. There might be something there. I’d certainly love to play more of it – it’s great fun and it’s done and dusted in 90 minutes. From a batting point of view, there’s not a lot of accountability. The onus is on your strike rate, not on anything else,” said Dunk.