New Delhi: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell wants the world’s leading players to work to save the future of united Test cricket and India captain Virat Kohli should make him the leader of his unit. Chappell, one of cricket’s best captains, believes that Test playing countries cannot produce good cricketers for the longest format unless they are motivated to play cricket fast.
Chappell’s big statement on Kohli
Chappell wrote on ‘ESPNcricinfo’, ‘The skills required to perform well at the Test level need to be acquired at an early age and then improved upon at a higher level. This can be achieved only if there is a development system in the Test playing countries. ‘If this happens then Test cricket can survive, otherwise it will go downhill.’
Kohli should be made leader- Chappell
According to the former Australia captain, for this the players need to organize a summit led by Kohli. “If his (necessary for Tests) skills are hone properly then a player can adapt to any format of the game. Kohli is a good example of this. If the players really believe that Test cricket is the pinnacle then they need to talk for a summit on the future of the game. For this nothing will be better than making Kohli the leader.
Chappell said, ‘The kind of trend in cricket for many decades, in which the player gradually progressed from school cricket through many levels and reached international cricket.’ He said, ‘It is said that the players’ play has improved. This comment needs clarification. If it refers to batsmen being more powerful hitters, then it is true. But do batsmen have better technique to withstand tough spells of bowling for longer periods? In most cases the answer is no. It can be seen in the same way that the level of fielding has improved but has there been an improvement in catching catches at slips? The answer is no.