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Not Enough Motivation Towards Test Cricket, Says Kohli

Virat Kohli, India’s captain, believes that all players in Test cricket lack motivation, which is a major reason why no team can compete in the longest format these days. India and England will face off in five Tests, the first of which will be played in New Delhi.

The Start of The Second WTC

The second World Test Championship (WTC) cycle begins with this series. In an interview with Dinesh Karthik for Sky Sports, Kohli remarked, “Test cricket would have been in jeopardy three years ago as well, but I think it’s the players that keep Test cricket alive.”

“To be honest, if we did not have the mindset to play Test cricket and be so passionate for it, then it would have taken a huge hit or that would have given a huge blow to Test cricket all over the world. I can assure you that,” he added.

“WTC is a very positive move, it is a step in the right direction, there is everything at stake in every Test match you play and I think it all depends what the players want from Test cricket. If people watching on television feel like I do not want to miss a ball, that is eventually what is going to keep Test cricket alive.”

Karthik asked Kohli as to Why There aren’t More Teams

“Firstly, you need to be honest with yourself. You know Test cricket is tough, even when you are one of the top teams in the world, you can go into a space where you do not want it. At certain stages, you can feel like do I want to do this over five days? Are you ready to go out there on day three when stakes are against you? Are you strong enough to do that.” Kohli said.

“Firstly, looking yourself at the mirror and asking do you want to play Test and if the answer is yes then just go out there and be relentless. I honestly feel there is not enough motivation for people towards Test cricket, something I have observed. That is why invariably you see, teams giving up in Test cricket,” he added.

 The First WTC Cycle

New Zealand won the Test mace in the first WTC cycle after defeating India in the finals. The last time India won a Test series in England was in 2007 under Rahul Dravid’s guidance, and since then, the Men in Blue have failed to beat the Three Lions in their own backyard.

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