Test Cricket- The Ultimate form of Cricket

Cricket is a sport where from a casual play in the backyard or a street to an International Test match, it is loved and played by tens of millions of people around the world and watched by even more. Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the center of which is a 22-yard (20-meter) pitch with a wicket at each end. Each team bats and fields in turn where the batters try to score runs and the fielders try to stop them. The team with the most runs wins. Cricket is played in three formats in the international level i.e., Test matches, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. These matches are played under the rules and regulations approved by the International Cricket Council.

Test Cricket

Cricket has been established over the years and new forms of cricket have been introduced. With the induction of limited overs cricket, the sport has taken new heights in popularity of the sports world-wide and created the entertainment factor in the sport. The first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The first Twenty20 International match was held on 5 August 2004 between the England and New Zealand women’s teams and on 17 February 2005 between Australia and New Zealand. The dynamics of limited over cricket have resulted in a more athletic and explosive form of cricket and have raised the bar high for fitness, speed, agility, etc. for all the players irrespective of their role. With such an impact of T20 cricket on the sport, it has been criticized for demeriting Test cricket. Many experts believe that with the outcome of T20 cricket young generations are hampered in their skills and concentration and also it is demotivating them to represent their country in Test cricket. With the format of franchise cricket with great success of T20 leagues around the world cricket is losing its authenticity in the form of Test cricket.

World Test Championship

The Ultimate form of Cricket

Written by: Maharshi Vidhyarthi (Instagram: @mahi_103)

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