Also, a majority of the Indian fans feel that in the ODI format, the self esteem, the confidence and the instinct to put in all out efforts by the whole team as one single unit are clearly visible. Perhaps, our supremacy - especially after lifting the last world cup - has already been established globally and this vital fact certainly boosts the morale of our boys. Another reason for getting expertise in the shorter version of the game is that except for the Ranji Trophy, our players normally indulge in playing only ODIs.
The reason for this preference is that it becomes a matter of just 50 overs. The bowlers are supposed to bowl just 8 to 10 overs and even if they do not get wickets, they can still remain in the game by just containing the run rates.
Likewise, in ODIs, the batsmen have also got an advantage of skipping the deadlier bowlers by just taking a single and allow their counterpart to face the bowler!
Sometimes, both the batsmen tend to avoid hitting a skillful bowler and wait to strike till a comparatively weaker bowler is put to work. Off late, the Indian ODI team has learnt to take full advantage of the situation and shown meticulous confidence, resulting in attaining a number of prestigious victories - Champions Trophy included.
Indian bowlers simply do not have the patience and the skill required for test cricket. Fitness is also a crucial factor. Since test matches really depend on bowlers, India struggles in this format. Our bowlers do not have enough speed and swing to trouble the overseas batsmen as well.
BCCI has never planned for test cricket, and they hardly have any program to develop trustworthy test bowlers. Unless test cricket is really focused upon, the state of affairs can never improve. Till appropriate steps are taken, test number one rank is a far off dream. Hope the administrators will give a serious consideration.
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