Test cricket or T20 cricket? What do the fans really want?
The viewership in a number of the current Indian Premier League season is on the decline week after week thanks to the overdose of T20 cricket leading up to the domestic tournament.
But in the middle of all the discussions, whether T20 cricket should not be played with such frequency, the other formats of the game are slowly losing their popularity.
The 50 over format is finding it hard to attract viewers while the longest format is in grave danger.
Recent figures show that Test cricket is no more a viewers paradise and that it is in danger of dying. But the reasons for the decline are not too hard to investigate.
In a documentary from Dartmouth Films, named ‘The Death of a Gentleman’, they have tried to explore and understand the demise of the longest format of the sport in the world.
Here is its trailer:
In the documentary, the likes of Rahul Dravid, Michael Holding, Arun Lal, and Harsha Bhogle explain what has changed over the years and the reasons behind the fans losing interest in the sport.
Like already mentioned, the problem with test cricket and its decline is not down to a single factor.
To start off with, the lifestyle of the fans is ever-changing with the younger generation which is targeted hardly has time to follow the 5-day format.
With hardly any time to relax in the current day, it is almost cruel to ask the youth in the world to sit patiently through an 8-hour game for 5 consecutive days.
However, the elderly fans of the sport are still voting for the longest format of the game as it provides enough entertainment to fill a week.
Though it is long, test cricket tests every aspect of a game of a player over 5 days and lapse of concentration for even a minute can see his team lose the game. With challenges galore in all the 540 overs in a test match, surely it is one of the most exciting formats of the sport.
However, the T20 format has taken over the world of cricket by a storm thanks to the high intensity with which it is played.
The amount of entertainment packed in just 40 overs in the game is far higher than in the 540 overs in a test leaving the fans glued to the shorter format of the game.
The fact that the game lasts just over 3 hours and provides all the entertainment needed for the fans has made T20 the most popular format in the world but with divided opinions, what do the fans of the sport really want?
Well, ‘The Death of the Gentleman’ documentary might take us closer to the answer. Make sure you don’t miss out on watching it.
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