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‘We must ensure that Test cricket remain the pinnacle’

Emphasising the significance of Test cricket when the slam-bang T20 format is gaining huge popularity, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar asked the game’s administrators to ensure that the longer version of the game remains the ‘pinnacle’ of the sport.

Delivering the inaugural MAK Pataudi memorial lecture here on Wednesday, Gavaskar reminded cricket administrators their duty to ensure the survival of Test cricket. ‘Test cricket is the pinnacle.

That’s the format through which you will be recognised. It’s how you do at Test level. Out of 10 Test playing nations, four or five are major Test countries, who should ensure that Test cricket remains pinnacle,’ said Gavaskar with ICC CEO Dave Richardson in attendance. ‘It is Test cricket which separates men from boys, I would request all administrators to look into it,’ the batting great said.

Indian and Australian cricket teams also attended the lecture as Gavaskar shared some interesting stories about Patuadi and his charismatic character. Gavaskar said Pataudi liberated the Indian cricket by bringing the element of aggression in the side, which would take beating from any team hands down.

With his typical tongue-in-cheek style, Gavaskar said a big incentive in his playing days was the chance to date glamours women from tinsel town while for today’s cricketers, it may be playing in the IPL. The comment drew smiles on everyone’s faces.


SHARMILA TAGORE HOSPITALISED

The inaugural Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial lecture was unfortunately missed by the late cricketer’s immediate family members with wife Sharmila Tagore being hospitalised because of bout of food poisoning. ‘I am really very sad that I couldn’t make it to Chennai for the inaugural lecture. I am suffering from severe bout of food poisoning and it became impossible for me to attend the event. I fell so ill that I have been admitted to a local nursing home. I was keen to attend the event but I unfortunately fell ill,’ the veteran actor said from Aashlok Nursing Home where she has been admitted.
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