Sachin gives useful tips to light up Test cricket
Gone are the days when the fans used to turn up in massive numbers to see their favourite cricket players donning the team jerseys to play Test cricket. Ever since the inception of T20 cricket, the passage of play became much faster than ever before and the fans of this era are not showing interest to watch the longest format of the game.
The trend is that the teams have now switched to the next gear to score boundaries to make the game much spicier and when the players play slow knocks, they get booed by their own fans and receive harsh treatment from them on social media platforms.
To make the Test cricket a bit more innovative, the International Cricket Council has introduced a new concept of printing names and numbers on Test jerseys.
Meanwhile, Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday gave some important suggestions to revive Test cricket. Sachin Tendulkar cited an example, saying that the surface which was used for the Ashes Test at Lord’s last week, saw a fierce contest between Steve Smith and Jofra Archer.
“The heart of Test cricket is the kind of surface that you play on. If you provide good pitches, cricket cannot be boring, cricket cannot be damp, and (there will always) be those exciting moments, exciting bowling spells, great batting and that is what people want to see,” Tendulkar said while speaking on the sidelines of Mumbai Half Marathon.
Tendulkar also felt that the intense rivalry between Archer and Smith, which included a brutal bouncer that knocked Australia’s best batsman down, got onlookers hooked and made Test cricket even more thrilling to watch.
“Smith got injured unfortunately, that was a big blow to him but Test cricket was exciting when Jofra Archer challenged him, it suddenly became exciting and the focus shifted to Test cricket.
He added: “At Lord’s, they lost almost a day and a half, but the Test match got exciting even on the last day when England picked those wickets and Australia had to survive. Test cricket suddenly became exciting and that is how it should be.”
“People almost kind of forgot that four-five weeks ago, there was World Cup being played in England, nobody is talking about that, everyone is talking about Test cricket,” the legendary batsman said.
The legendary batsman who has played 200 Tests and scored 15921 runs, highlighted the need to prepare “interesting tracks” to restore interest in the longest format.
“I think Test cricket is going to revive if we produce interesting tracks, but if the tracks are flat and dead then Test cricket is going to find its challenges.
“I know this Test World Championship has been announced but even to have this World Championship, you got to make cricket interesting, just by having another championship, cricket is not going to get interesting,” he said.