The spectators in the T20 arena has increased to a great extent, as it has almost become a family picnic affair, where entertainment tops the chart. Chauhan says, “T20 is just three-and-a-half-hours of cricket. So people can afford to go and watch the game after office too”. Test cricket takes a grueling 5 days for the result to be out, which also includes a draw result. In T20, there is no match which can be tied, as the format has an interesting concept of super over. But, Chauhan agrees about the dip in Test cricket viewer-ship. So are people bored of watching Test cricket, which runs throughout the day in the hot sun? He considers Test cricket to be the ultimate test of any cricketer, where physical and mental toughness, patience, technique comes into play.
Every cricketer loves to see the game developing, as has been the case at present. IPL has been reaching out to countries, where cricket was unheard of. There are many cricketers, who has come into the forefront due to IPL. But will such cricketers change their game to play Test cricket? Madan lal, a former Cricketer says, “A Test cricketer can play in any format, be it T20 or ODI”. Jaques Kallis is a perfect example. But, it does not necessarily mean that a T20 cricketer will be a successful Test cricketer. Here, Suresh Raina is another such example.
Gaekwad who has always praised the IPL for its role in cricket, says, “All the three formats of the game can be played together”. At present, all three versions of the game are played. Each format has its own World cup now, with the World Test championship scheduled to be played in 2017. This also reflects upon the seriousness shown by the International Cricket Council towards Test Cricket. Lal concludes in the best possible manner by saying, “Test cricket is the name of the game”.
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