Chennai, Feb 20: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has called upon cricket administrators to preserve Test cricket and also ensure that there is a balance between bat and ball in the five-day format.
Delivering the first MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture here on Wednesday, Gavaskar said players were judged on the basis of their performances in Test matches than shorter versions.
"Test cricket is still the pinnacle," Gavaskar said. "Have pitches with balance (between bat and ball)," he added.
He also said four or five major teams among the Test playing nations should ensure that Test cricket is preserved.
Talking about Pataudi, Gavaskar spoke how he first played under him for Wazir Sultan Colts XI. He also said that Pataudi liberated Indian cricket.
He also rated Pataudi as one of the best three fielders in Indian cricket along with Eknath Solkar and Mohammad Azharuddin.
India and Australia teams, former India players were present on the occasion. Pataudi's wife Sharmila Tagore was "unwell" and did not make it.