There has been persistent chatter on the slow death of Test cricket owing to its grueling nature and timid progress over the 5 days of sporting action. Addressing the problem of Test cricket’s declining popularity, Indian great Sachin Tendulkar has claimed that preparing interesting surfaces which present an even contest between bat and ball will aid the revival of the oldest format.
“The heart of Test cricket is the kind of surface that you play on. If you provide good pitches, cricket cannot be boring, cricket cannot be damp, and [there will always] be those exciting moments, exciting bowling spells, great batting, and that is what people want to see,” the legendary batsman said.
Tendulkar cited the example of the Ashes series in England where pitches have been conducive to both pace and spin bowling, resulting in close contests. Tendulkar felt that the World Test Championship was a good initiative aimed at adding context to bilateral series.