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8 minutes ago, Gollum said:

Seriously guys whether we win or lose this match/series there is something in this beautiful format which white ball cricket can never match.

 

The ebbs and flows, twists and turns, ruthless examination of technique and mental toughness, endurance , patience and tactics/strategy. It is like three dimensional classical chess with so many permutations and combinations possible. Not wanting to drag in other sports but can tell you T20s and T50s lack this complexity which is inbuilt in test cricket. Like literally there are 100 different ways this match may proceed over the remaining days unlike in shorter formats which are so predictable. Also every run, * that ....... every safely negotiated over of Anderson-Broad  with the brand new cherry will be cheered by all of us tomorrow, a wicketless 25 overs opening partnership will have more worth than middle order 100s. Damn it the soundtrack of 'Dunkirk' won't stop playing in my ears thinking about the job at hand for the top 3 and the survival theme. 

 

Have been waiting for this tour for a long time and what a first day !!! Haven't slept for 36 hours now and the adrenaline is still pumping. Will be caught up in work the whole week but honestly can't help but check at least the live commentary every 5 minutes. Will try to watch at least a session and a half of play live every day and if I have to sacrifice my sleep well worth it. Already in my eyes this single day's cricket had richer content than all the 6 white ball matches of the last month put together. Agree with Holding who said earlier today 'The cricket starts now'......... All hail Test cricket- lucky to have learnt to love this format. Win or lose hope we have a great month and a half cheering this fantastic Indian team under the majestic King Kohli !!!

test cricket is amazing for those who know the subtleties, nothing else comes close no other sport..more variants than chess and Chess does not give 1  on 1 confrontations meaning two coins dont have extended duel..its like chess with actual tactical battle game in it. Test cricket captain is a very demanding and satisfying role to play.

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41 minutes ago, Vilander said:

test cricket is amazing for those who know the subtleties, nothing else comes close no other sport..more variants than chess and Chess does not give 1  on 1 confrontations meaning two coins dont have extended duel..its like chess with actual tactical battle game in it. Test cricket captain is a very demanding and satisfying role to play.

Chess has many variations :p:, more than we can even imagine. There are studies which theorize that chess has more possible moves than the number of atoms in the known, observable universe. Shannon number

 

But agree with the broad sentiment of your post. No other sport is as close to chess on the tactical/strategic level as test cricket and test captain's job is so demanding. Footballers, NBA and field hockey players can't get 5 minutes of play on their own without the coach barking instructions. In test cricket the captain is all alone marshaling his men for 5 days...like an Army General. It is no surprise that chess masters take keen interest in test cricket. There is a super GM Peter Svidler (8 times Russian Champion...all time highest) who is a great fan of test cricket and frequently uses cricket analogies while explaining chess moves. He follows all forms of FC games and a few years back rattled out the names of all FC cricketers of Zimbabwe during live chess commentary broadcast. He is also the sole Russian commentator of cricket in his free time on radio :laugh: Peter Svidler - A Russian Grandmaster who loves cricket and Sachin Tendulkar!

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Also this was a great cricket pitch, no need for the joke of a format which is day/night tests.

 

Pitches in England and South Africa are the best, assistance to all types of bowlers and batsmen with a rare greentop bumping in.

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7 hours ago, Rasgulla said:

:om: ewww

 

Tests are for oldies who has whole day to watch it. :no: 

 

It's all about tonty tonty these days even Odis are boring these days. All tnx to bambi mafia. 

When you meet dhoni and happy to have selfie with your idol.. But then suddenly you realized that he won't be in a test series and you wont get to see him... :laugh:

 

Is that you @Rasgulla???............... Ohhhh sorry sorry sorry I forgot.. you are a BOT... an electric Bot :laugh:

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I find test matches, played on sporting pitches, to be the most exciting form of cricket. The fight between bat and ball is much better than the one sided slog-fests we see in LOIs these days.

 

Batsmen, pacers and spinners, everyone having a chance if that are good  ( if sporting pitches are prepared ) ... a chance to come back despite a bad session or even a bad day ... bowlers setting up batsmen ...  tough test of character, fighting ability, focus and endurance ... strategies and counter strategies over 5 days ... simply irresistible !

 

Test match is the only format where my favourite area in cricket ... fast bowling ... is at its best.  Fast bowlers are at their full pomp ... dishing out some nasty chin music and pushing batters back ... swing, reverse swing, seam movement, bouncing deliveries, skiddy deliveries and pacers working on batsmen to get them out  ... we get to see the full package only in test matches.  This is the most liked format for most fast bowling fans.

 

Test cricket is indeed the best cricket !  How I wish we had atleast 12 tests per year and mostly on sporting tracks !

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2 hours ago, Clarke said:

In the age of instant gratification, quality test cricket is a breath of fresh air. It isn't for everyone and us fans hope it lasts some time into the future. 

 

clarke bhai .. nothing beats the excitement of tight run chases or defending a low score in a T20 or ODI game :ahaa:

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44 minutes ago, velu said:

 

clarke bhai .. nothing beats the excitement of tight run chases or defending a low score in a T20 or ODI game :ahaa:

Different pleasures of each .. A good Die Hard/MI film vs a Lawrence of Arabia. Each has its own joy for the fan.

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45 minutes ago, Moochad said:

if we are in a close contest or are winning then tests are fun, if we are having a series like our whitewashing in England, then it is absolute torture

that's the time to turn off the tv/stream and get a life :)

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If everytime someone has to reiterate that test cricket is the best means you have already lost the argument.

 

I am not so insecure that I keep on starting threads that IPL is the best.

 

If it is trulythe best you dont have to remind us. Let it die its slow natural death.

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7 hours ago, Khota said:

If everytime someone has to reiterate that test cricket is the best means you have already lost the argument.

 

I am not so insecure that I keep on starting threads that IPL is the best.

 

If it is trulythe best you dont have to remind us. Let it die its slow natural death.

no you are not understanding.

 

Look at it this way.

 

same story of good family and bad inlaws family - fighting - and scheming against each other , ending up ruining each other.

 

 

1, you can have that in a short story - screen adapt it in a sas bahu TV show for few episodes and it would be something for getting mid day trp for sure from the ladies.

 

2, You can write it as a big arse Mahabharat and screen adapt it to have a trilogy movie to make it run for few years.

 

 

Similarly: 

 

Its just that tests give the small contests in cricket time to get center stage - and play out in a grand stage.

 

Test cricket allows small aspects of the fine game be played out for an audience who care to see it. t20 and ODI simply do not have the time for it.

 

 

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9 hours ago, FischerTal said:

if you have the time. realistically, only old geezers and those jobless uncles hanging around chaiwallah have time to watch test cricket.

 

 

i stick to highlights. 

You don't have to watch all of it, even a session or two per day is enough to absorb the beauty. I missed a lot of action yesterday, yet getting updates on the phone was equally nerve wracking....especially when it looked like we would concede a huge lead. 

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I am emotionally wrecked, these 3 days have taken a huge toll on my nervous system I tell ya all. In all honesty during such keenly contested edge of the seat test matches I go through more range of emotions than an entire WC campaign. I pity the nincompoops who have not learnt to enjoy the wonder that is 5 day cricket. I so wish we play 12 test matches per year, evenly spread out on home/away basis for as long as I am alive. 

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26 minutes ago, Gollum said:

I am emotionally wrecked, these 3 days have taken a huge toll on my nervous system I tell ya all. In all honesty during such keenly contested edge of the seat test matches I go through more range of emotions than an entire WC campaign. I pity the nincompoops who have not learnt to enjoy the wonder that is 5 day cricket. I so wish we play 12 test matches per year, evenly spread out on home/away basis for as long as I am alive. 

Keep calm or you won't see those 12 tests a year 

A few more twists and turns tomorrow..Karthik gets out early, Pandya scores 15 in a partnership with Kohli then Shami and Yadav hang about for a while that leaves Sharma to get out 3 runs short and Kohli' left on 95 not out :biggrin:

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6 minutes ago, Bilal78 said:

Absaloutly agree with OP, Test cricket is amazing, especially in England, England have upheld a great tradition and I love watching Sky as it’s so amazing, you have classic cricket grounds, a dark red ball and a very good croud, the debate is also amazing as it’s nice to just watch the analysis although I liked the verdict which is basically the same, Test cricket in the SC is really boring though, you hardly have a croud with rubbish pitches and you don’t get good contests, Test cricket in the SC must improve.

 

this series is going to be epic though, With India the better team however England have home advantage.

Agree and disagree. A test match on a turning track in the subcontinent is equally gripping.

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I'd go 

 

1. ODIs - not the crap we have now. I mean the good old ODIs where we had only 1 ball for 50 overs and the boundaries were right back. Depending on the conditions/wicket what a good score was actually varied so much. ODIs played in the 96-03 period were superb . 

 

2. Tests - currently my favourite format. Test matches in all countries have their own charm and I try to watch matches involving both teams from amongst IND/SA/OZ/ENG/NZ/PAK.

 

3. International T20's - Only interested in world T20.

 

4. IPL/BBL- just keep updated on upcoming players.

 

5. . Other leagues - couldnt care less .

 

 

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I cannot wait for the Test championship. But BCCI need to take care of the schedule, not the usual crap of 2 years of continuous home season and 2 years of overseas tours. They are killing off their own brand with this pathetic schedule. 

And don't play long series against minnows. Two test matches are more than enough. 

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28 minutes ago, Singh bling said:

Any ODI or t20 win against Pakistan even in small sharjah cups give equal joy

 

A match with Pakistan has only one winner. Pakistan.

 

India beating them is bare minimum expectation.

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