Former India cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar believes a few immediate steps are needed to be taken to save Test cricket, and that it is Virat Kohli who is doing some extraordinary job for team India in the pursuit of that. Manjrekar believes Virat puts soul in the game and his exploits would see people coming out to watch Test cricket more.

Moreover, coming to the Windies Tests, debutant Prithvi Shaw was awarded the player of the series. After he hit his maiden ton in the Rajkot Test, Shaw’s unbeaten 33 in the second innings in Hyderabad helped India run-riot inside three days.

Virat puts his soul in the game – Manjrekar

Also, in the second game, Umesh Yadav recorded his career-best bowling figures by picking his first ten-wicket haul in Tests. Overall, India’s all-round show helped them inflict a 2-0 win over the Windies in Tests. However, India came back from a 1-4 defeat in an overseas series against England. Meanwhile, it was the batting department that let India down in England. The bowlers did an excellent job to rattle the opposition on almost all the occasions.

Virat Kohli, Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar says Virat Kohli puts his soul in the game. Image Courtesy: Getty

However, Virat Kohli was the only man from India who scored the highest runs and was rewarded with the ‘Man of the tournament.’ award as well. The India captain had scored 593 runs in the Test series and continued it in the Tests against Windies, by hitting his 24th Test ton in Rajkot. In total, the right-hander had scored 183 runs in two innings.

Test cricket needs to get saved – Sanjay

“It is here I feel Test cricket is so fortunate that today’s cricket’s biggest brand — Virat Kohli — loves Test cricket and puts his heart and soul into it.” Sanjay Manjrekar said.

However, Virat Kohli has captained 42 Test matches and has won 24 with a win percentage of 57.14. In addition to that, Kohli’s win percentage is more than that of Dhoni’s in Tests.

Furthermore, nowadays Test cricket is played in front of empty stands and IPL in front of 50,000 plus spectators. Moreover, in the final segment of a lecture, Sanjay Manjrekar reveals why he wants the administrators to introduce day-night Test matches.