Former England captain praised his team despite the defeat, said – Baseball strategy brought new life to the Test format

By Nishu Bhardwaj February 8, 2024 12:43 AM IST

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The England cricket team, which was on the India tour, started the 5-match Test series in a very good manner, in which they won the first Test match of the series played on the ground of Hyderabad. After this, he had to face a one-sided defeat in the Visakhapatnam Test match. However, despite this, there was no change at all in the aggressive way of playing of the English team under the captaincy of Ben Stokes in both the matches. Now former veteran all-rounder Ian Botham has praised his team and said that their way of playing Test cricket under this baseball strategy is correct.

This led to a new way of playing test cricket

Ian Botham’s statement According to PTI, he said regarding baseball strategy that you just need to take a look at the audience. Spectators have now started returning to watch Test cricket. 20-30 years ago in India, the grounds used to be full while playing against India. Suddenly the Indian Premier League came and then due to this and ODI cricket, the number of spectators in Tests declined. But now people are coming back and want to watch baseball cricket. After all, you are there to entertain and if you want people to come watch the match, you have to entertain them. They would not like to see a player playing who scores very few runs per hour. You would like to see a cricketer who dominates the match with aggressive batting. You will lose one or two matches but England played 15 matches and won 12. Test cricket is now better than before.

Now other teams also want to play like us

In his statement, Ian Botham further said that now other teams also want to play Test cricket like England, its effect is visible on other teams as well. You have seen that when three or four wickets of the team have fallen, when the bowling team has created pressure, then you should do your work keeping it like that. Test cricket has started influencing a lot now which I think is very important. Let us tell you that Ian Botham played 102 Test matches for England between 1977 and 1992 and scored 5200 runs with 383 wickets in his name.

(PTI INPUTS)

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