As many longtime cricket fans struggled to keep up with the chaotic scorekeeping and frantic branding of the men’s Hundred match between the Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals, Carlos Brathwaite produced a moment of genuine class that encouraged us all of the durability of the game’s inherent, mesmerising qualities.
No matter the format, it seems there will always be room for cultured, attractive cricket shots that excite the newcomer just as much as the ardent stalwart. For all the buzzwords and flashing lights, the Hundred’s biggest selling point will, like any other competition, be the excellent cricket on show. Brathwaite’s checked shot over cover ought to inspire relief amongst the sport’s purists, who, although having to strip away an increasing quantity of trivia, will never lose the essence of their game.
Hold that pose, Carlos Brathwaite! #TheHundred pic.twitter.com/khuByv85iw
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 22, 2021