“Two-Test match series are a waste of time” – Ravi Shastri
By SMCS - Jan 7, 2024 9:27 am
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Team India departed South Africa with a draw series in Tests but several felt that the Test series deserved an additional contest after the two-match affair ended in a 1-1 draw a swell. The Indian team secured their first win in Newlands, Cape Town, which turned out to be the shortest Test in the history of the game as it lasted for only two days following their defeat in the first Test in Centurion by an innings and 32 runs.

Team India
Team India

And, former Indian all-rounder and head coach Ravi Shastri wasn’t happy with this, claiming that a two-match Test series doesn’t make sense. Notably, three out of India’s six series as part of the World Test Championship (WTC) cycle will have only two Tests each – against West Indies, South Africa, and Bangladesh. And, Team India will play five Tests each against England and Australia as well.

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“After watching this Test series, the Indian cricket establishment should make sure to never play just two Tests. If some country invites you for a two-Test series, say, ‘We won’t go’. Two-Test match series are a waste of time. It’s neither here nor there. Focus should be on either playing T20Is and Test matches or ODIs and Test matches. They could have easily played three T20Is and three Tests [on this tour],” Shastri said on Hindi commentary.

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South Africa vs India

“This is not in our hands. Two matches or three matches, whatever are scheduled, we have to come and play, our hands are tied here. If it actually was in my hands, I would have done something different. But we take a lot of pride in how we managed to come back from what happened in Centurion and win in Cape Town where we never won a Test before,” Rohit Sharma said during the post-match presentation.