Is Test Cricket losing its charm?

India
November 17, 2011 2:08am CST
With the advent of 50/50 and the 20/20 games, one may think that test cricket is slowly losing its charm. In the ongoing India Vs. WI cricket test match at Eden Gardens, Kolkota which is compared to the likes of Lord's or Syndey/Melbourne, the attendance has been really poor for its capacity. Though a little renovated, the average daily attendance for this test match has been around 10000 when compared to the attendance for a 50 overs or a 20/20 game which would be around 50 or 60 thousand. Such has been the case at other venues all around the world for test cricket which is not getting the due response. I am not saying that the 50 over format or 20/20 cricket is sub-standard but the players and the organizers would need motivation for sustaining any format of the game. Test cricket is slowly but surely getting back staged and its high time the ICC took some strong measures to bring it back to the centerstage. In this fast world, one would easily pick the 50 over or the 20/20 cricket over test cricket but what fantasises me and all the true ardent cricket followers over the world is 'Test Cricket'. The real test of a cricketer's character, temperament, tenacity and a sustained will to win is portrayed only in test cricket. No one can ever point out a draw back or a lack of discipline or talent in test cricket since it demands the ferocity of 20/20, the skills required for a 50 over format and over all the temperament required to last the 5 days and at the end win the game. The real beauty of test cricket is that it does not limit or pose restrictions to any cricketer as in a 50 over or a 20/20 format where there are field restrictions, maximum number of overs that a bowler can bowl and other such things. A bowler or a batsman or for that matter even the captain is free to do that he wants to win the match. To summarize, a healthy competition lies in witnessing who wins the battle when your opposition comes at you with all their guns blazing. Please respond to with your opinion.
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22 Dec 11
Test , odi or 20-20 , first of all icc need more teams to participate . come on think y football is so popular and interesting around the world ? now come to your topic , i do agree test match is losing it's charm , thanks to 20-20 competitions every now and then . however , it is also true test match make players more reliable and strong where i see 20-20 only;y a mean of entertainment for short period of time .
@venkit (2957)
• India
19 Nov 11
I dont think test cricket is losing its charm. Odi is sliguly losing its charm after the arrival of t20. Test is the best form of cricket and its always special.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
18 Nov 11
On the other hand, I personally feel that the overdose of 20-20 is making it lose it's appeal. On the other hand, Test matches against competitive nations are beginning to get more and more viewership. I think the bane for test matches are docile pitches where the teams keep scoring huge runs and the matches end in dull and drab draws!! If ICC can avoid such pitches, then I think the interest in test matches can be revived!! Cheers! Ram
@eknathh (24)
18 Nov 11
Ya..apart from me its sure....nobody very much intersted to watch the test match other than odi and t20
@aman1981 (793)
• India
17 Nov 11
I also thing so, now a day when every body is busy and hurry to do some jobs and their is no time to watch the match in ground, so this reason the audience come less number to see the match in ground and also they will interested if the match is between india v/s aus or sf as they are world best team. So thats reason people see the match in home or if didn't see they ask some person but the score or but the match situation is going on, also the trend of net as now a day every person is connect to net daily so they updated the things which going on. People like to watch the time saving t20 match whether it is ipl or international t20 between 2 teams and the match stared around 6 p.m. indian standard time and end around 11.00 pm. so that mean they have complete his all task..
• India
17 Nov 11
Yes buddy, you may be true that test cricket is loosing its charm and now-a-days people do not have any time wasting only for the cricket of five days. In this fast world everyone is running and getting their goals. Time is so precious one.