Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar believes that competitive pitches would help Test cricket regain its lost glory. The 46-year-old added that flat and dead tracks are only going to pose challenges to the red-ball game.
“Test cricket is going to revive if we produce interesting tracks, but if the tracks are flat and dead, then Test cricket is going to find its challenges,” said Tendulkar on the sidelines of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Mumbai Half Marathon at Mumbai.
“I know, this Test World Championship has been announced but even to have this World Championship, you got to make cricket interesting. Just by having a Championship, cricket is not going to get interesting.”
Tendulkar’s remarks came a week after former India skipper Sourav Ganguly tweeted: “The Ashes series have kept test cricket alive …. upto rest of the world to raise their standards.”
Tendulkar said that the performances of the individuals garnering interest showed that it is only good cricket that can bring crowds to Test matches.
“(Steve) Smith got injured unfortunately, that was a big blow to him but Test cricket was exciting when Jofra Archer challenged him,” he said.
“The focus shifted to Test cricket, people almost kind of forgot that four weeks ago, there was World Cup being played in England, nobody is talking about that, everyone is talking about Test cricket, because it is challenging and exciting,” he added.
Master Blaster, who played for India from 1989 to 2013, amassed 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs and 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches. Combining Tests, ODIs and T20Is, Sachin has 34,357 runs — highest by any batsman at international level.
Notably, Tendulkar is the only batsman in the world with 100 international centuries (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs) against his name.
(With inputs from IANS)