Test cricket must jazz itself up to survive T20 onslaught: Gautam Gambhir

first_imgTest cricket must jazz itself up to survive T20 onslaught: Gautam GambhirFormer India batsman Gautam Gambhir said in a time where T20 cricket is gaining popularity, it is important for Test cricket to go for alternate entertainment options in order to survive.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 18:27 IST Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGauatm Gambhir said Test cricket should go for alternate entertainment optionsFormer India batsman Gambhir said Test cricket must appeal to millennialsICC has already come out with the concept of World Test Championship to add excitement to the formatFormer India opener Gautam Gambhir believes in the present era of T20 and ODIs, Test cricket should become more appealing to the new generation and must address some core issues.In order to add more excitement to the longest format of the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has already come out with the concept of World Test Championship.The ongoing first edition of the World Test Championship will see the teams — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies — fight for top honours across 71 Test matches in 27 series over the next two years, the winner of which will be crowned in 2021.”It is a no-brainer that Test cricket must jazz itself up to survive the onslaught of T20s and alternate entertainment options. I am a die-hard traditionalist, but Test cricket needs to appeal to the millennials. The core issues need to be addressed,” Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India.The cricketer-turned-politician, who represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is, also called on the ICC to standardise cricket ball used in Test matches.While SG balls are used in India, Dukes balls are used in England, Ireland and the West Indies while the rest of the countries use Kookabura balls.”I can understand the commercial compulsions of this but it is strange to be in a common competition with variable apparatus,” he said.”Maybe ICC can list out standard parameters for a cricket ball to be used in Test cricket and float a tender for the manufacturers. Whoever meets them at a desired cost can be the ‘bowling partner of the ICC’. A spinner like R. Ashwin will be thrilled if he gets a cricket ball with the healthy seam of SG, or Dukes,” he added.advertisementAlso Read | Kapil Dev, Gautam Gambhir hail MS Dhoni’s decision to serve Indian ArmyAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir on MS Dhoni’s future in international cricket: Necessary to take practical decisionsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Gautam GambhirFollow Test cricketlast_img

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