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Dravid fears for future of Tests

Rahul Dravid, in Mumbai, on Wednesday

Mumbai: Rahul Dravid on Wednesday cautioned that Test cricket will face a survival challenge in a decade’s time since children, who are growing up now, may then prefer easy bucks in Twenty20 format over the traditional form of the game.

“I think today’s youngsters like Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Manoj Tiwary have grown up watching and idealising Test cricket. It’s (about) kids of my son’s age, who have grown up watching T20 and IPL, and what those kids want, will be the challenge in 10 years’ time,” Dravid said at a book launch function.

“I don’t see that as an immediate problem, I see it as a long-term issue. That challenge is going to arise in 10 years’ time and we need to address that problem now,” the former India captain added.

Dravid, who is the second highest run-scorer in Test matches, said that even though the cash-rich IPL provides the opportunity for players to earn big bucks, the youngsters growing up should be told that the real satisfaction comes by playing Tests around the world.

“I had gone through a Commerce degree and not very successfully. So I knew that the only option for me was to be a successful Test cricketer at that stage. Today, there a lot of options. People have the option of not playing Test cricket but still making money out of the game. Who is to blame the kids for taking that option? I won’t judge them on that.

“I want to tell the kids that the greatest satisfaction they are going to get is by playing Test cricket in the wonderful stadiums of the world. So they shouldn’t sell themselves short,” Dravid said.

Regarded as an intelligent cricketer, the 39-year-old Bangalorean stalwart said he sometimes complicated his game as he thought too much about it.

“I am comfortable with the tag 'intellectual cricketer' because it was who I was. I thought deeply about the game because I loved it. I wanted to know everything about the game. I wanted to challenge myself. That was probably my nature. This intellectual or curiosity of mine was a good strength and also sometimes my weakness.

“There were times when I did complicate the game because of my thinking. (Jawagal) Srinath and Anil (Kumble) were constantly on my ears telling me not to think too much about the game and try and relax a bit.” (Agencies)