When cricket broke away from the single-format game to Test matches and One-Day Internationals, it produced specialists. It was the batsmen who came to be compartmentalised first - the ones with an aggressive batting style slipped easily into the ODI mode, while the more sedate, old-school of the lot became known as Test specialists. If you could score triple centuries at a run-a-ball or thereabouts, it was fine – you'd just acquire the 'unorthodox' tag.
With the move to a three-format game, we have specialists for each – batsmen, bowlers, even fielders. Okay, so the last of those may not be a formal specialisation yet, but with more sixes being hit in Twenty20 Internationals, maybe the fielders who have perfected the spring-beyond-the boundary-tap-the-ball-back-and-take-the-catch-after-springing-back will become a specialisation.
This is all well and fine, but I've been wondering why specialisation in the shorter formats has such stigma attached to it, especially in India.