Test match ultimate test for cricketers: Dravid

Published: Thursday, August 10, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:The Twenty20 version of cricket, which was recently granted official status by the BCCI, will be exciting, but the five-day Test matches will still remain key to the game as it is the ultimate test for a cricketer to prove his mettle, Indian Captain Rahul Dravid said today.

Speaking on the eve of Menz Active Twenty20 Cricket Tournament for the Bradman Cup at the KSCA stadium here, he said there had been a slight decrease in attendance in Test cricket, but One-day and Twenty20 cricket might not be the main reason.

''When one-day version was introduced, there was a similar debate, many thought it will have a negative impact on Tests. But actually other factors, that are not directly reflective of cricket, may be the reason for this. Test match will always remain important to the game of cricket,'' he said.

Dravid said ''last year, I played a couple of matches of this type in England. It was a great atmosphere and a very fast game with excitement everywhere. This type of cricket brings out the all round skills of players, may be even better than one-day game. But how it will work for domestic cricket in India remains to be seen. It will take time, but I feel it will be a success. However, it will be important to work out a formula to balance between the shorter and longer versions of the game in domestic cricket,'' he said.

The skipper agreed that the 'slam-bang' Twenty-20 game was a batsman-oriented game, but they would come under pressure as well.

''In any form of the game, there will be pressure on both batsmen and bowlers. Each of them will get their chances and share of success. Skill will be important. Any player who plays this game will have to excel in all departments. He has to bat, bowl and field well. However, fielding I think will be more important,'' he said.

On concerns that another addition to the game, apart from One-dayers and Test matches, would affect the players physically, he said ''we have to learn and explore as this is new to India and it takes time for players to get used to it. In England, it is a huge success.''

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