It’s only poetic justice in that all 4 semi-finalists at the T20 World Cup owe it to their younger players, for standing up to be counted. Conversely, the younger players of the losing teams failed to fire, when it mattered most.
Consider England. The likes of Morgan, Bresnan, Lumb and Kieswetter have all performed consistently well. These are names not many knew, a couple of years ago. Lanka, in their turn, owe their entry into the semi-final to Mathew, Kapugedera and Randiv. Australia have been well served at this World Cup by Warner, David Hussey and Nannes, all relative new comers to international cricket. In Pakistan’s case, we have seen Aamer, Umar Akmal and Saeed Ajmal coming to the party, when it counted.
Contrast this with India, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand. Much was expected from the likes of M. Vijay, Jadeja, Morkel, Pollard and Taylor. In fact, whatever little these teams won was on the back of their senior players.
Let’s hark back to the words of the sage who first told us that T20 is a young man’s game…
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