Sehwag joins Kohli and Shastri in backing 5-day Tests
Jan 14 2020
Sehwag added that Test cricket was a 143-year-old fit person and it had a soul.
But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to clear the air.
"I did not want to let go of the opportunity to deliver the Tiger Pataudi Memorial Lecture as I have a personal relation with him", Sehwag, who was one of most destructive openers in world cricket, said in his inimitable style while delivering the seventh Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Lecture at the BCCI awards here.
Sehwag compared the five-day traditional format to baby diapers, saying both should be changed only when it becomes completely redundant.
But Kohli welcomed the prospect of finally facing the Aussies in one, despite them being undefeated in seven pink-ball Tests. In Hindi, he went on say, 'Char din ki sirf chandni hi hoti hai.Test cricket nahin' which loosely translates to four days belongs to being on the moon, not Test cricket. Though a majority of the cricket boards have hitherto refrained from officially commenting on the proposal, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board have emerged as strong proponents of four-day Tests.
But Tiger Pataudi sir gave me an advice which changed the way I played Test cricket.
"See, it is only right that you discuss these matters and we will do the same with CA, ECB, and Cricket South Africa".
Right-handed batsman Sehwag, who won the World Cup with India in 2011, played 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is before retiring from worldwide cricket in 2015. In fact, it is not just our captain or coach, you have also heard the likes of Joe Root (English captain) and Faf du Plessis (South Africa skipper) make their opinions clear on the matter. "Tradition can't be toyed with", the official had said.
"If you love this game, then you should not go on that path. It's the BCCI's responsibility also to ensure that awareness starts from the under-16 and under-19 levels", said Sehwag. "We played the day & night test here (India), we are happy with how it went".
"I don't think that's fair to the purest format of the game", Kohli said when asked about four-day Tests.
The ICC's cricket committee, now chaired by Anil Kumble, is set to meet in March to discuss the proposals - which could free up considerable room in cricket's crowded worldwide schedule - before putting their recommendations to the executive body. He changed how we played Test cricket.