The popularity of the conventional form of cricket, ‘Test Matches’ may be on the wane, however, it is the only way one can measure the ability of a cricketer.
The five days of play for men and four days for women truly bring to the fore some of the most important traits of the game that one misses in the shorter versions. It requires concentration, consistency, control, fitness, discipline, mental strength and good planning while batting as well as bowling.
No doubt, it is such a pleasure watching the men and women in whites on a lush green outfield rather than the colourful parade that one encounters in the limited-overs versions.
The top women and men cricketers are emphasising their preference to play Test cricket. This is music to a cricket connoisseur’s ears.
It is wonderful to see that Test cricket is gradually making its way into Women’s cricket. The most redeeming factor is that the women cricketers are pressing to play more Test matches and this truly augments well for the sport.
These very batters in the limited-overs game get lost between playing normal cricketing shots and end up playing ugly shots in trying to hit the ball out of the park. Recently, the Indian women stole the show playing patiently and skillfully showcasing good technique and a solid defense.
Seeing the women in whites was a pleasant sight and the way they played Test cricket was a true reflection as to why they want to play more of it.
R K Lyngdoh