London, July 21: Test cricket could very well see out its fight against, and ward off the threat of being nullified by, the shorter forms of the game. That's the view of Indian captain M S Dhoni, who draws attention to the fact that the cricket's "purest" format has chalked up a big number in reaching the threshold of its 2,000th edition. As though that were not a significant enough epoch, India is all set to face off against England at Lords in their 100th Test encounter.
When asked point blank whether he thinks, Test cricket will see another 2,000 matches, Dhoni gave a layered response. "What's important is to see where it's going and there's no reason why we should doubt it because wherever I've gone I've seen a good response on the field. Of course you'll have games where there won't be a full house compared to some of the ODIs or the T20 format but yes, people are still following Test cricket."
Dhoni thoughtfully added that the challenge will be to see whether Test cricket continues to jell with the ever-changing modern lifestyle. "The world has changed. It means you have to go to your job, with the privatisation and everything that is happening, the bosses want you to spend more time at your desk and look less at the television so all of these things play a big role in it."
The impending milestone signifies the tenacity and durability of Test cricket, according to Dhoni. "You can look at the number and feel good about it, because 2000 is a big number which means the game has survived for a long time."
Dhoni's opposite number Andrew Strauss says that numbers may exude an importance, but the occasion is extra special simply because two great sides will be going at each other. "It helps in hyping up the series, although I don't think this series needs any hyping because India versus England is two very good sides with some high quality players. The recipe is there for it to be a very entertaining series."