Test Cricket is Dying… But Why is it Taking So Long?


Test Cricket is Dying… But Why is it Taking So Long?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty


eam India’s Men in Blue (well, technically, white) begin an epic five-match Test series in England tomorrow, and for those who find the sound of the bat hitting ball sweeter than a choir of angels, there are a host of pressing questions. Will Virat Kohli continue being James Anderson’s punching bag? Will Cheteshwar Pujara ever manage a decent score in England before Prince George takes the throne? For purists, a Test match is “five days of glory”, but when you’re as tired of the format as I am, this series is more like 25 days of torture.

I can recall the first time I watched a cricket match in its entirety. Who can forget that historic Natwest Series final in 2002? The heady combination of Mohammad Kaif and Yuvi’s stellar partnership, along with Sourav Ganguly’s brazen, triumphant shirt-waving was enough to transform me into a true-blue cricket fan. Over the next few months, I sat alongside my dad on our raggedy living room couch and watched every ODI India played. My excitement peaked during the 2004 Indo-Pak Series, where our boys beat Pakistan in their own backyard. I felt more pride than Rahul Gandhi did after hugging PM Modi.