Test cricket is “alive and well” for former West Indies cricketer and fast bowling great Michael Holding, despite the common notion on social media and in commentary boxes of ‘Test cricket is dying’.
Michael Holding explains what this sentence truly means, and how it is often misinterpreted by people. He points out that the viewership, in the stadium and on television, for the 5-day format has decreased significantly.
However, the legendary speedster has observed that the standard of the game remains high, especially with more percentage of results been seen than draws since 2018, as bowlers have dominated greatly than they did in the past 20 years.
“When people say ‘Test cricket is dying’, you first have to understand what they are referring to. And in what context they are saying ‘Test cricket is dying’.“If you look at it, in the context of people attending tests and interest in Test cricket, I don’t think you could disagree with anyone that the interest and attendance at Test cricket has gone down tremendously. It is no longer at the top of people’s lists,” Michael Holding told Times Of India.“When you think of the standard of cricket being played and how entertaining it is, there’s absolutely no way you can say that Test cricket is dying, because the standard of cricket that you’re watching, and the entertainment value from Test cricket…as far as I’m concerned it is alive and well.”
The priority that people give to Test cricket has certainly waned: Michael Holding
“When you watch two Test teams taking part in a Test match, I don’t think there could be anything better. The ebbs and flows throughout the five days, if it lasts that long, I think is fantastic. But you cannot argue with anyone who says that the interest in it, and the attendance and the priority that people give to Test cricket has certainly waned,” the 67-year-old former pacer further stated.