Tendulkar on how to reinvent Tests and ODIs

Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v India - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - June 30, 2019 Sachin Tendulkar on the pitch before the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers - RC115FD77E70

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Sachin Tendulkar feels in order to keep the primacy and attractiveness of Test intact, one shouldn't look at in how many days the match ends, but instead the focus should be on garnering more eyeballs.

The legendary cricketer is also finding current ODI cricket, a bit of a drag and wouldn't mind a change in format.

Three of the Border-Gavaskar Tests between and Australia recently ended inside two-and-a-half days, leading to a massive criticism of pitches, but Tendulkar said, it is part and parcel of cricketer's job to play on different surfaces.

“We need to understand one thing that Test cricket should be engaging and it should not be about how many days it lasts, five days or whatever. We (cricketers) are meant to play on different surfaces; be it a bouncy track, a fast track, slow track, turning track, swinging conditions, seaming conditions with different balls,” opined Tendulkar on Tak.

He also said that at a time when the ICC, MCC and other cricketing bodies are talking about making Test cricket entertaining and the No.1 format, there was no harm in matches ending in three days. Besides, touring teams should not think that they will get featherbeds and they should make thorough preparations.

When you tour, there are not easy conditions. You need to understand what's happening, assess everything and then start planning things. For me, the most important factor is the kind of surface that we play on because that is the heart of Test cricket.

“All the guys, including the ICC, MCC, etc, we are talking about Test cricket. How Test cricket can continue to be the No.1 format. So, if we want that, then we need to have something for the bowlers because bowlers ask a question (off) every ball and the batter has to answer that. So, if that question itself is not interesting enough, how are you going to have more eyeballs.

He indicated sports should be result-oriented and everyone should go home knowing “who won, who lost”.

“We should not be bothered too much about number of days. I feel it should be whether the match was exciting enough or not. Nobody wants to go back home not knowing who has won and who has lost,” added Tendulkar.

He also said there was no harm in giving the new ball to a spinner if the surface so demanded.

“Instead of a fast bowler bowling an opening spell, why cannot a spinner be bowling a wonderful spell. It's just a different kind of surface we are playing on and that should also be challenging enough for batters to go out there and express themselves … if somebody has batted well, he gets runs, simple.”