HomeCricketGraeme Smith credits IPL for helping T20 cricket reach new heights

Graeme Smith credits IPL for helping T20 cricket reach new heights

The inaugural edition of the IPL was played in 2008 and from then till today the tournament has expanded in huge fold.

Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith revisited India’s first T20I against South Africa in December 2006 in an interview. He also spoke about how IPL has been a big reason behind helping T20 cricket reach high levels. The first T20I match was played in 2005 between Australia and New Zealand. At that time no one would have imagined that the format would become so enormous in about 15 years. Moreover, who could have thought this format will be the most likely format to take cricket into the Olympics.

“I mean, Dinesh Karthik scoring runs and winning a game against us. Those aren’t fond memories. It was the introduction of T20, for us, we had played a fair amount of international cricket. We were uncertain about how this format would go. In the beginning, we rested probably a lot of top players. It was a fun outing though. The energy, the crowd, the enjoyment that came with the game, straightaway you recognised that the fans just loved it,”


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IPL has contributed greatly in the expansion of T20 cricket

“I think for all of us, trying to work on how to play, it was an opportunity to leather up and play without an element of pressure, score as quick as you can. Who would have thought in 2006 that T20 cricket would get to the level it has to right now? In my mind, you couldn’t have predicted that it would take off as it did. The IPL is a big reason for why T20 cricket has got to the level it has,”


Further talking about the format, Smith said:

“It’s just incredible. Yeah, it is one format which could transition into new cricket regions, lot’s of talk about America and what’s happening there.”

The inaugural edition of the IPL was played in 2008 and till now, 15 editions of the tournament have been played. CSA will also start its inaugural T20 league in January next year for which Smith has been named the commissioner.

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