Well begun is half done – it's a homily that should be well suited to Twenty20 cricket. With only 20 overs to bat, there isn't much time to recover from a bad start. Then again, teams have the full complement of ten wickets at the start of the innings with the added advantage of field restrictions in the powerplay overs.
With the ICC World Twenty20 2012 round the corner, every team will be aware of just how important it is for the top order to fire. However, when forming their strategies, it might be worth their while to not attach an undue importance to a good start. Quick starts are always useful, but they're not the sole determining factor in a team's performance.
The most recent Twenty20 tournament involving multiple teams and played at near-international level before the upcoming World Twenty20 was of course the 2012 Indian Premier League. This has been the case for the World T20 editions in 2009 and 2010 too, but there are key differences this time around. For one, the World Twenty20 hasn't come almost immediately on the heels of the IPL as had been the case earlier, and allowed most teams adequate time to prepare.