Kapil rejects the idea of Day-night Test matches

New Delhi: Former India captain Kapil Dev today outrightly rejected ICC`s idea of having Day-Night Test matches in near future.

"Playing cricket in white clothes has its own essence. I don`t think playing day-night Test matches is a solution," India`s first World Cup winning captain observed during a panel discussion at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

However the legendary all-rounder feels that bringing in cheerleaders or singers or actors to perform in order to attract big crowd for the promotion of Test cricket can be tried out.

"If promotion means allowing a singer to perform during breaks in Test match or bringing in cheerleaders, be it. Test cricket is the ultimate test of a cricketer and the game of cricket. The cricket board should find a way to promote the Test cricket," Kapil stated.

"If marketing is only done for the T20 cricket and TV channels only show T20 games, more and more players will choose an easy option of playing it."

Another former India captain, Ajay Jadeja added that cricket has come down to mere statistics now, whereas Test cricket means a lot of stories and youngsters must be told those stories.

"Cricket is not just about numbers. We have to tell stories about cricketers to increase the passion for Test cricket among youngsters. Each cricketer brings a different story to the game and that is what Test cricket is all about," explained Jadeja.

Suresh Raina, current India cricketer, also agreed with his seniors and insisted that he would also like to represent India in the Test arena.

When someone pointed out that he (Patel) was a better player of spin bowling than some of his other teammates, he sought to play it down and rather focussed on what will be Pietersen`s role tomorrow.

"I don`t have a big advantage playing spin but KP will be different tomorrow," he said.

He feels that if the batsmen are positive against turning deliveries, they would do better.

"I don`t think you can be too defensive. You have to let the bowler know that you are there not just to survive."

He also defended the move to send James Anderson as nightwatchman when four overs were still left.

"It`s not a defensive move. Sometimes they survive, sometimes they don`t," he said.

Patel did not find anything wrong with the track which appeared bone-dry from the first ball.

"It`s a good Test match wicket. You have to accept the fact that deterioration of the wicket day by day happens. I think lower and slower is the way it will be over the next three days. So, we have to play good cricket," he remarked.


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