Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has opened up on the much-debated four-day Tests. On Saturday (January 04), Indian skipper Virat Kohli had given his verdict in this regard by stating that he doesn’t endorse the four-day Tests and added that the purest format of the game shouldn’t be altered too much.
Thus, Gambhir also agreed on what Kohli had to say. The 38-year-old termed the idea as ‘ridiculous’ and went onto state that the ‘charm of playing on a wearing fifth-day pitch’ will be completely out of the picture. In his column for Times of India, Gambhir wrote, “At the outset, let me say that I think four-day Test matches are a ridiculous idea and should be dropped immediately. It will invite drawn games, will have no place for spinners and will take away the charm of playing on a wearing fifth-day pitch.”
“Some felt said day-night Test cricket is the future, others felt better management of players’ fitness was the need of the hour. I also heard that cricket needs an ‘American marketing hand’ to make it more of a global game. When my turn came, I listed two aspects: lack of champion cricketers and lively pitches” he added further.