Dipping into the unique characteristics of Tests, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar wants the world to take inspiration from cricket’s oldest format as they fight the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has taken close to 8,900 lives globally. Also Read - Assam Police Arrests Opposition MLA Over 'Objectionable' Remarks on COVID-19 Quarantine Camps
Asking to observe patience and respect, two of the intrinsic requirements to excel in red-ball cricket, Tendulkar says it’s time for everyone to draw lessons from it when the world is grappling with a major health crisis. Also Read - Boycott TikTok: Netizens Express Anger Over China For Introducing Coronavirus, Say 'Make China Pay'
“Cricket is a unique sport,” Tendulkar wrote in a column for The Times of India. “Most sports compete against other sports for fans’ attention, but cricket competes with everevolving versions of itself. There has been much debate about the relevance of Test Cricket in the fast-paced T20 world. While the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, this is probably the time for all of us to draw lessons from the grand old format of the game.” Also Read - COVID-19: Japan PM Shinzo Abe Declares State of Emergency, Likely to Release Economic Package Soon
He added, “Test cricket rewards you for respecting what you don’t understand. It makes you value the virtue of patience. When you don’t understand the pitch conditions or the bowler, defence becomes the best form of attack.”
Tendulkar, who remains Test cricket’s all-time leading run-getter, said the pandemic is something he hasn’t ‘seen anything like this’ which has brought everything including cricket to a ‘complete standstill.’
In India, the number of coronavirus cases has gone up to 166 with three deaths so far. Globally, over 2,00,000 have reportedly contracted the disease.
“Test cricket is about staging comebacks. There is always a second innings, if you’ve missed the first one. Different countries are at different stages of their fight against coronavirus. But with a positive mindset, all of them can overcome this pandemic in their own ways. All nations should consider themselves part of one team. They should talk to each other, keep themselves motivated, pat each other’s backs after a long day’s play and come back harder the next day to continue the fight,” he wrote.
“This pandemic has been a true test of our character, but it has also brought all of us together. We shall take this battle session by session, and eventually emerge victorious,” Tendulkar concluded.