Comments on: Will India as No.1 team prove the tonic for test cricket? http://blogs.reuters.com/sport/2009/12/07/will-india-as-no-1-team-prove-the-tonic-for-test-cricket/ The Reuters global sports blog Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:27:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: DaraIndia http://blogs.reuters.com/sport/2009/12/07/will-india-as-no-1-team-prove-the-tonic-for-test-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-5803 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 13:35:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/sport/?p=4249#comment-5803 Firstly, this almost hysterical reaction to the rankings, which we are witnessing, is beyond my understanding. As to test cricket, I think it was never in the grave danger which the media makes it out to be. All the players and organisers have said it is the only true form of cricket, the lack of crowds is not any indication. It has been like this for over a decade. The reason is that the advent of TV rights and live coverage of a good quality, unlike what we were being served up by DD, has ensured adequate revenues to the boards to continue with test cricket.

My thinking is that if test cricket dies, the rest of the formats will also gradually decline. Test cricket is actually the breeding ground for younger players to take to the game gradually at the international level. It gives more opportunities than the slam bang versions. Otherwise we will see more and more one night stands, here today gone, tomorrow and no solid performances.

In fact if anything brings about a fatigue factor and sounds the death knell of the game, it will be the shorter versions. They serve a purpose definitely, but too much of it is already dwindling interest and killing the golden goose.

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By: 1983Pilchard http://blogs.reuters.com/sport/2009/12/07/will-india-as-no-1-team-prove-the-tonic-for-test-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-5798 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 19:10:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/sport/?p=4249#comment-5798 One of the vagaries of modern day cricket is the ridiculous schedule where player burnout is very common. Sadly for India the opposite is happening. All of this will be music to the ears of test cricket detractors, who trumpet the quicker format of Twenty20.
Perhaps now is the right time for the ICC to look at pooling test nations. Eg Top Six (India, SA, Sri Lanka, Aus, Pak and England) all play each other in short test series. The others (Kiwis, Windies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe) do the same. Haven’t really thought this through so not sure how it would work but essentially something needs to be done! The fact India are not playing for yonks is a disgrace. There is no better sight than scrolling down the scoreboard containing Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni, Yuvraj..fantastic.

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By: TruthSeeker http://blogs.reuters.com/sport/2009/12/07/will-india-as-no-1-team-prove-the-tonic-for-test-cricket/comment-page-1/#comment-5796 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 17:26:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/sport/?p=4249#comment-5796 Yeah definitely. If India keep performing well in Tests, then crowd in India would love seeing test matches. This would certainly bring relief to test cricket. However, biggest obstacle in it is the BCCI. They have to find some spare time for test cricket which currently comes after ODIs, T20s, and IPL.

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