As our world is moving at a fast and rapid pace, so also our young generation thinks that the best format in cricket is T20 as it’s a game of just 4 hours as it takes 2 hours per side.
While we want to accept this fact as true, can we accept it fully?
But, if our younger generation shows just the right amount of patience, then they will find that Test cricket is indeed still the purest and best format of cricket. But, sadly the young generation finds it quite difficult to sit in front of the television to watch the longest format of the game.
But, if we talk about some facts, then even Test cricket is quite exciting and entertaining to watch. One can expect a lot of unexpected results within a matter of a day or two.
Let’s have a look at some examples of exciting matches from last to this year.
In January 2021, India was playing against Australia and had just registered their lowest Test score of 36 all out against the hosts at Gabba, the Aussies’ stronghold. But they had the temperament, the confidence to turn things around and eventually ended up beating Australia in that Test.
Next on this list is Kyle Myers’ double-hundred against Bangladesh at Chattogram that turned things around for a weak West Indies side. It was Myers’ maiden Test match and he played it with perfection.
And just like 2021, 2022 kept the surprises coming in Test cricket. On January 5th, Bangladesh registered a historic win against New Zealand without the experience of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, and that too at the hosts’ home for the first time.
The 9th of January saw a battered and depleted England side bounce back in the fourth Ashes Test after successfully making it to a draw. England’s last batting pair Stuart Broad and James Anderson batted out all the remaining overs of the fourth Test and it thus ended on a draw and the Aussies’ dream of making it 4-0 went crashing down.
And last, but not least, a young South African side beat India on the 14th of January at Cape Town and clinched the Test series 2-1. From 0-1 down at the start to clinching the trophy by beating an experienced Indian side, it was nothing short of a miracle for the Proteas.
Thus, it is pretty evident that Test cricket still enthralls millions of people around the world. Still, many would ignore this fact and wait fervently for the shortest format of cricket. But, in the end, we all know that Test cricket will never die and stay alive in everyone’s hearts.
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