The evolution of T20 format has done both good and bad to the game of cricket. While few youngsters took it as a career and the few lost interests in the longest form of the sport. Meanwhile, Allan Border hails Virat Kohli’s strong stand to Test Cricket.
Especially, after the evolution of Indian Premier League, every country started their own premier Leagues thus making ticket selling hard for the International games. Shockingly, few players have quit themselves from playing for the country in order to extend their career in franchise cricket.
Despite showing his sympathy for the Test cricket, Allan Border lauded IPL for attracting more fans to the game. He believes that IPL has pulled many women fans to watch the game and enjoy rather than the International games, which usually takes more time than ODI and Test form.
IPL Is The Second Revolution In Cricket – Allan Border
However, he is pretty concerned with the existence of Test Cricket. For the same, he lauded Virat Kohli for standing for the longest format and showing his desire to be part of great history. He went on to term that Test cricket is in safe hands until someone like Virat Kohli stands for it.
“I call IPL the second revolution in cricket after Kerry Packer. It has taken off so much and twenty20 has become a huge sport. It perhaps takes a little bit from the game but it’s more viewer-friendly, attracting a lot more women viewers and many have started watching the sport — who otherwise don’t like cricket due to its earlier long-form version. But I do worry for the game,” he quoted.
“Certainly for Test matches. It’s a hard sell now. But I think Virat Kohli is great for Test cricket. He is modern India and still loves the game. He is good at Twenty20 cricket and also understands the history of the game. He wants his place in history and he wants to match himself against Tendulkar and Gavaskar and Lara. While he is there, Test cricket is in safe hands. But I worry about the next generation,” Allan Border quoted.
Well, as Allan Border said, it is pretty pleasing to see Virat Kohli standing for the Test format of the game. With the ICC Championship for Test format set to take place, it might help the survival of the longest version of the game.