Categories: Sports

Batsmen must be challenged for Test cricket’s survival: Sachin

LONDON: Sachin Tendulkar, the former India batsman, believes that for Test cricket to thrive, surfaces must be made challenging.

“The key ingredient of Test cricket is the surface that we play on,” he said in a conversation with Media channel on the sidelines of the Lord’s Test between England and India, an ICC report on Saturday said. “In T20Is and ODIs, the bowlers get tested all the time. In Test cricket, is it testing batters?” he asked, going on to suggest that the format could ask more of the batsmen.

Pointing out that spectators today were attuned to the big-hitting of the limited-overs game, he said that to keep Test cricket going, “it’s important to come up with ideas which are accepted by the newer generations”. One way to do this was to prepare better surfaces, such as the one in Edgbaston for the first Test of the series, which was a veritable treat for cricket enthusiasts and a fantastic advertisement for the five-day game, he suggested.

“When you keep flat, dead surfaces, where the bowler thinks, ‘I have no chance, I’m going to stick to my channel’, and the batter thinks, ‘Okay, on this surface if I don’t do anything foolish, I [won’t] be out,’ that game is becoming boring, it’s becoming dull,” explained Tendulkar.

Tendulkar himself has enjoyed much success in alien conditions for India, averaging 54.74 away from home, and 54.31 in England as against a career average of 53.78.

“I’ve always enjoyed [playing] on good surfaces? Of course, scoring runs and winning matches is important? but I enjoyed those challenges.

“It’s not about batting on flat surfaces, I enjoyed playing on surfaces that were given to us, more so when it was an attacking field,” he said. “I’d much rather have three slips and two gullies, because I know if I bat well and connect the ball well, it’s a boundary for sure. But when you have a deep extra cover and you’re trying to hit the ball as hard as you can, there’s no fun in it.”

The former Indian skipper was in attendance at Lord’s to ring the iconic bell on the opening day of the second Test between India and England, but unsuitable weather conditions led to play being called off for the day.


Comments are closed.

Recent Posts

  • Goa News

Goa Loksabha Election 2019 Live Updates

17:51||North Goa Lok Sabha INC - Girish Chodankar - 125627 BJP - Shripad Naik BJP - 172717 RPI - Amit…

2 hours ago
  • Breaking News

NT Updates

North Goa Lok Sabha INC - Girish Chodankar - 38632 BJP - Shripad Naik BJP - 53779 RPI - Amit…

7 hours ago
  • Goa News

Elections Results 2019 Live Updates

Refresh Page for updates South Goa Lok Sabha INC - Francisco Sardhin 103590 BJP - Narendra Sawaikar 100082 AAP -…

10 hours ago
  • Goa News

D-Day for Goan politics

Panaji: Counting of the votes polled for the Lok Sabha elections and the bypolls to four assembly segments – Mandrem,…

16 hours ago
  • Goa News

Mining resumption hits loophole

Panaji: There seems to be confusion among officials of the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and mining officials as to…

16 hours ago
  • Goa News

Felling of 400 trees in Sanguem to be probed

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the felling of some 400 areca nut trees at…

16 hours ago