Under Virat Kohli India led the way in development of Test cricket, says Graeme Smith

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Under Virat Kohli India led the way in development of Test cricket, says Graeme Smith
Under Virat Kohli India led the way in development of Test cricket, says Graeme Smith

Under Virat Kohli India led the way in development of Test cricket, says Graeme Smith

South African legend Graeme Smith claims that India led the way in the development of Test cricket under former captain Virat Kohli. Smith predicts that just five or six nations would likely play the longest format in the next years.

Only a select few countries, in Smith’s opinion, are now advancing Test cricket.

“With Test cricket, it’s just iconic nations or the big cricketing nations that are contributing to Test cricket at the moment,” Smith said on ‘Sky Sports’ during day three of the first Test between South Africa and England.

Under Kohli, the 41-year-old feels, Test cricket was “truly taken seriously” in India.

The longest format of the game has been led by Kohli. Along with several notable Test victories, he guided India to the World Test Championships’ inaugural final.

“I think it’s fantastic especially under Virat Kohli that India really took Test cricket seriously. They lead the way with that.

“But as long as we’ve got competitive teams, you’re not going to have 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14 competitive teams. You might only be down to five or six nations that play Test cricket at this level,” Smith added.

Under Virat Kohli India led the way in development of Test cricket, says Graeme Smith
Under Virat Kohli India led the way in development of Test cricket, says Graeme Smith

Smith, who was recently named the league’s commissioner, hailed the investment, which he felt the nation’s cricket body “desperately needed”. IPL owners have purchased all six clubs in Cricket South Africa’s new T20 league.

“It’s certainly going to be an investment into our game that South African cricket desperately needed,” Smith said.

“The pressures on nations like New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa to stay financially sustainable to keep up with England, India, and the world game to stay competitive is hugely important.

“I don’t think world cricket can afford South Africa or any one of the top nations to start fading away.”

Cricket South Africa (CSA) made the decision to forego a three-match ODI series in Australia. In order to have all of their players available for the league’s inaugural season.

“For four weeks of an entire year, the priority will be the league. Also I feel that if we hadn’t done this South African cricket could have probably lost eight to ten players to this UAE league,” Smith said.

“People also look at those three ODIs wrong. Yes, South Africa hasn’t handled ODI cricket as well and it should never be in this position. But for South Africa to be in Australia out of their key part of the summer financially is a huge stress for them.

“It’s like asking England not to play during your summer. The commitment that South African cricket made to go for the three Test matches is good for the game. It’s something that won’t happen often.”