Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ranatunga feels test cricket existent only until Mumbai Indians star Sachin in it

Sachin Tendulkar has been the face of Cricket for millions all over the globe for last two decades. There is hardly any record of prominence in Cricket, irrespective of it being in 50 over format or test cricket, which Sachin has not put under his name. Such is his enchantment on cricket admirers that now they feel that the game which gave Sachin this Godly recognition now needs Sachin. This conviction has come from none other than Arjuna Ranatunga, World Cup winning captain for Sri Lanka. Sachin who scored an unbeaten half century in his first innings in first test match against Australia has been going through a relatively rough form in last couple of years.

This has given wings to his critics, handful numbers who exist, to talk about his exit from the game. Sachin, on the other hand, chose to reply through his batting like he has always done in his career. Supporting for Sachin’s presence in test cricket, Arjuna Ranatunga said that test cricket is on the verge of existence and absence of prominent faces like Sachin would see test cricket die almost immediately. The only World Cup winning captain from the island country of Sri Lanka said that he was happy to hear that Sachin retired from One Day International matches in December last year.

However, if he did so with test cricket then test cricket might soon see the dusk of its existence. Ranatunga, who believes test cricket as competition and T20 cricket as entertainment, also criticised Cricket Bodies for not giving enough importance to test cricket. At times when many top test playing nations including India, Australia are going through transition period, Sachin’s exit might spell doom for this format. After the test series, Sachin would be seen in IPL 2013 sporting Mumbai Indians jersey.

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