Mumbai, Jul 5: India's Rahul Dravid, alarmed everyone as he said Test Cricket would face a tough challenge in the next ten years as today's children prefer the shortest version of the game over the traditional format.
Dravid felt the youngsters are aware of the traditional format and its significance, but kids of this generation might not prefer the longer version as they have grown up watching T20 cricket.
"I think today's youngsters like Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Manoj Tiwary have grown up watching and idealising the Test cricket. It's (about) kids of my son's age, who have grown up watching T20 and IPL, and what those kids want, will be the challenge in 10 years' time," said Dravid at a book launch function on Wednesday.
Though he said that the challenge would be faced over a period of time, and not immediately, Dravid termed it as a long-term issue, but needs to be addressed immediately.
"I don't see that as an immediate problem, I see it as a long-term issue. That challenge is going to arise in 10 years' time and we need to address that problem right now," said the batsman who was the proverbial rock at No.3 for India in Tests for more than a decade and a half.
Dravid, present at a book launch poured his heart out as he felt the current situation is alarming, as the kids choose the shortest version of the game to make money while he feels that kids are not the ones to be blamed for the same.
"I had gone through a Commerce degree and not very successfully. So I knew that the only option for me was to be a successful Test cricketer at that stage. Today the options are a lot more. People have the option of not playing Test cricket but still making money out of the game. Who is to blame kids for taking that option? I won't judge them on that.
Dravid's advice for the kids was simple yet hitting at the bull's eye as he told them 'don't sell yourself short'.
"I want to tell kids that the greatest satisfaction you are going to get is by playing Test cricket across these wonderful stadiums in the world. So dont sell yourself short," the former Indian skipper said.
Dravid who has scored over 13000 runs in Test cricket to be the third highest run-scorer behind Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, ensured that he put his views across to the kids of this generation as he said traditional cricket gives a lot of satisfaction than the shorter version of the game and urged them to experience the real satisfaction playing the longer version of the game.