The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly feels if a player wants to be successful, he has to perform at the ‘biggest stage’ of them all, Test cricket. He further said that players who perform in the Test arena are remembered forever and explained why the Test is the ultimate format of the game.
We recently saw the first-ever World Test champions being crowned when New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets in the final of the ICC World Test Championship (ICC WTC) at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The match proved to be a thrilling one as play was possible only for three and a half days due to rain ruining two whole days, yet India and New Zealand played a cracker of a game.
I Feel If A Player Wants To Be Successful And Leave His/ Her Mark On The Game, Then Test Cricket Is The Biggest Platform: Sourav Ganguly
The former Indian captain, who himself played 113 Tests in his career, explained why Test cricket is considered the ultimate format and said people remember those players who make runs in the longest format of the game while speaking on Star Sports Network.
“When we started playing cricket in our childhood, Test cricket was the ultimate cricket format and I think it still is the ultimate format. And that is why it is called Test cricket. I feel if a player wants to be successful and leave his/ her mark on the game, then Test cricket is the biggest platform one can get,” said Ganguly on Star Sports.
“People will remember those players forever, who play well and make runs in Test matches. If you see all the biggest names in cricket — all the greats — in the past 40-50 years; they’ve all had successful Test records,” he added.
Sourav Ganguly had an amazing start to his Test career. He made his debut at the Lord’s, the mecca of cricket, and celebrated the occasion with a century. Along with him, Rahul Dravid and had also made his Test debut in the same game.
In fact, Ganguly scored yet another century in the next Test match in Nottingham. In all, he played 113 Tests, making 7212 runs with 16 centuries to his name and the best score of 239 at an average of 42.17.