A lot of talks are raged on the nature of Test cricket. Is it dwindling in appeal? In India, cricket is a religion and hence there is still a lot of interest among the public when it comes to red-ball cricket. The venue at Ranchi was sparsely populated for India’s third test against South Africa and there are concerns on whether Test cricket should be too distributed in India. Should the playing of Test matches be limited to only select venues to encourage more audience and filling up of seats or should it be continued to be handed to different Test associations all over the country?
Captain Virat Kohli had his say on the matter after completing the whitewash in Ranchi. He admitted that this was something the team had been discussing for a while and Kohli opined for having a limited number of Test centers.
“Look, you want to keep Test cricket alive and exciting, I agree with the fact that we should have five-Test centers at max. It can’t be sporadic and spread over so many places where people turn up or they don’t,” Kohli said on Tuesday (October 22) in Ranchi. “We have been discussing this for a long time now, and in my opinion, we should have five-Test centers.”
“Teams coming to India should know that we are going to play at these five centers, these are the pitches we should expect, and these are the kind of people who will come to watch… crowds. That becomes a challenge already when you’re leaving the shores. Because we go to any place, we know we have four Test matches at these venues, this is what the pitches are going to do, it is going to be a full stadium, the crowd behind the team,” Kohli said.
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