No this isn’t some sort of grudge between the two players that you haven’t heard of. Instead, its one of my metrics for the value of T20. The premise is simple; Rohit is my favourite young batsman in the world right now. He’s classically wristy and stylish in the Laxman/Dravid/Jaffer mould, but has updated that model for T20 with the ability to still hit big shots consistently.

Roelof van der Merwe on the other hand makes Afridi look somewhat orthodox. He doesn’t just slog, but specialises in the no-look heave which is always aimed over deep mid-wicket, but often ends up going over the off-side for fours and even sixes. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but if you look at Afridi in his batting prime, a lot of his sixes did go over long off and long on. If Van der Merwe is the future of batting I want nothing to do with it.

So far the signs are good – Rohit scored a quick 30 odd against Bangladesh and a match winning 50 against Ireland. Roelof didn’t bat against Scotland and got out for a duck against New Zealand. The real test though will come during the super 8’s. Lets hope that good prevails over evil.

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