Sydney. Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has said that Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have been great supporters and promoters of Test cricket in recent times. He also said that Kohli has been excellent in his desire to play Test cricket.
“Shastri and Kohli have been great supporters and promoters of Test cricket in recent times. I think Kohli has been excellent in this regard and really wants to play Test cricket, prioritizing the game,” Taylor said.
Taylor expressed concern over how long Test cricket will remain a priority in the future. He said, “The concern is how long this will continue. There is no doubt that as we get older and a new generation comes, the way people like me love Test cricket, it may lessen.” And this is a matter of concern for our older generation.”
The 56-year-old former player expressed hope that the decision to cancel the fifth and final Test between England and India in Manchester was not taken to prioritize the second leg of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
He said, “I don’t think anybody will complain of any kind against players who don’t want to play the game when they have genuine concerns about the corona infection. I think now we want to see some consistency.” Being out of a Test match is a big deal for the game of cricket.”
Taylor said, “We all understand when players take a stand against it. We understand that health comes first. But people have to take care of the health of the game. It puts pressure on the game of Test cricket especially. And then you have a T20 game, there’s a home series coming up in which all those players want to play.”