Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said that Test cricket doesn’t need to reforms as the current formats are enough to bring fans to the ground. If the quality is good people will watch the game.
“The Test format is very good. There is no need to change. You don’t need to introduce the pink ball to draw the spectators,” Sehwag said on Sunday (October 2), in Kolkata, during a panel interaction on the occasion of sports magazine Sportstar’s launch of a book to commemorate India’s 500th Test match, which was recently played in Kanpur.
“If good teams like Pakistan, Australia, and England come, people will come to the ground automatically and support,” the former opener added.
The Indian team in recent time have played good Test cricket as they have won last three series. Sehwag believes the health of Test cricket remains healthy in India.
“This I can say, looking at the coach and the Indian team. The real test for any cricketer lies in Test cricket. It is every young cricketer’s dream to play Test matches. The future is good,” he said.
Meanwhile, current Indian coach Anil Kumble said that Test cricket is far from the ‘death bed’ as media portray.
“I’ll urge every cricket lover, opinion makers, and various stakeholders to stop discussing the death of Test cricket. I’m sure people would have spoken about the death of Test cricket probably even during the times of Kerry Packer,” he said.
The legendary leg-spinner dismissed the believe that the advent of T20 cricket has forced , people to stay way from Test cricket.
The social media is a great platform to promote Test cricket. You don’t need to sit through six hours. There’s notification on smartphones through which you can follow Test cricket,” Kumble said.
“If all of us keep on talking about the death of Test cricket, then ultimately it would happen,” the legendary Indian captain added.