Test cricket is facing a looming crisis due to its popularity and viewership. The steady rate of dwindling crowds at venues conveys a very sorry state for the future of the longer format of the game. Another reason that contributes to this problem, is the rise of T20 cricket, which is much fast-paced and shorter format of the game as compared to the latter.
The Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli, who is arguably one of the best batsmen in the world currently, has professed his love for Test cricket by calling it 'the most beautiful format of the game’.
In an interview with Wisden Daily, the 29-year-old asserted that only a passionate follower of cricket would understand the excitement and demanding aspect that Test cricket brings. The Delhi-born lad asserted that the format of the game shouldn't be tinkered with in spite of the testing times it is facing.
Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer, Adam Gilchrist has heaped praise on Kohli's views of the dying format of the game. Gilchrist took to Twitter to applaud the Indian cricket team skipper by uploading a picture of Virat Kohli's comments. He wrote: “Pleasing remarks from @virat.kohliReally, really pleasing remarks. Currently one of the most important opinions in the game and I like what he’s saying."
Kohli is currently in the middle of leading the Indian cricket team in a five-match Test series against England. With the series locked at 1-2 in favor of the hosts, the England tour has been bittersweet for the visitors. Though, the same can't be said about Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper has been in an extraordinary form, having already scored 440 runs at an average of 73.33, which includes two centuries.
Recently, he also etched his name onto the Trent Bridge Honours Board after notching his 23rd Test ton during the third Test match against England. Adding to his delight, Indian even registered a comprehensive 203 runs victory to claw their way back into their series.