Edited By Nityanand Pathak | Times News Network | Updated:
Pratyush Raj, Chandigarh
Australian veteran and former India coach Greg Chappell is concerned about Test cricket. He believes that Test cricket will suffer extensively due to the Covid-19 epidemic and that India will be on the verge of ending if it does not help. He also expressed confidence that India will play an important role financially for Test cricket revival after the epidemic.
In a Facebook chat he said, ‘Test cricket will die on the day India leaves it. Apart from India, Australia and England, I cannot see other countries investing in young cricketers to play Test cricket. It is not that I am against T20. It is easy to sell it to the public. The economic issue for the test is going to be massive. Indian captain Virat Kohli calls the test ‘Ultimate Cricket’, so it is expected that it will survive.
Chappell had a two-year term as the head coach of India. In his book ‘Playing it My Way’, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar called Chappell a ringmaster who imposed his ideas without worrying about the players. However, India’s record was poor in terms of victory while chasing the target before Chappell. A year after his arrival, the team won 17 matches. It was during his tenure that India won a Test series in the Caribbean after 35 years in 2006. India also recorded its first Test victory in South Africa in the same year.
Chappell gave the biggest gift to Indian cricket to Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni). There was never any doubt about Dhoni’s ability, but Chappell contributed to the development of a cricketer who wanted to hit every ball outside the park, ready to play for his team and end the game. He said, ‘I remember when I first saw him batting, I felt strange. He was certainly India’s most exciting cricketer at the time. He used to hit the ball from the most unusual position. He is the most powerful batsman I have ever seen. ‘