Test cricket has lost prominence in contemporary times unless it is a part of the ICC World Test Championship. In addition, franchise-based T20 battles were being played across the world, Test cricket was having difficulty staying afloat. However, following the emergence of the WTC, the game witnessed a comeback.
“If you ask my opinion, Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game. No matter how popular the other formats are going to be in the future. As a cricketer, you know, your skill was tested in Test cricket. As a bowler, as a batter, as a fielder, it has tested you, your skills, your mental skills, your resilience, everything. So, there’s no better format than Tests for any cricketer if you really want to be proud of representing your country,” Hathurusingha was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
We actually prioritized red-ball cricket for a period of time: Hathurusingha
“The way we prepared for this game, we actually prioritized red-ball cricket for a period of time, how we train. I don’t see any difficulty in that. But relevant to your question about the Test Championship, I think it’s challenging for cricketers to shift their mindset and your instinct from T20 cricket to Test cricket unless you have a bit of a time to prepare. So, I understand that because they (India) went straight from IPL, didn’t have much time to prepare and it’s also different conditions. So for us, I don’t think that’s going to be the case,” Hathurusingha concluded.