India need to understand that cricket is more than just T20s, says Ian Botham

first_imgFormer England all-rounder Ian Botham is disappointed with Indian cricket right now and wants the third-ranked Test side to improve in the longest format of the game.With India losing three Test series on the trot to England since 2011, the legendary all-rounder said the recent Test series between the two sides are not exciting anymore. The last two away Test series in England saw India lose by 0-4 and 1-3 margins, respectively. They have also lost a home Test series to England back in 2012. (IPL 2016: McCullum just working for money now, says Waugh) “I am disappointed with Indian cricket right now. Cricket is more than just a 20-over game, they need to understand that. England’s contests with India always used to excite me but right now, I don’t know what to say,” Botham said.The 60-year-old former England captain seemed baffled in the manner India have treated Test cricket.”Where is India going in Test cricket? Why is it happening to the team. Is it saturation of Twenty20? India needs to figure out,” the legendary all-rounder said on the sidelines of Laureus World Sports Awards.India may be ranked third in the ICC Test rankings but that does not cut much ice with the veteran who has 5200 runs and 383 wickets in 102 Test matches for England.”Look I don’t understand rankings. England, South Africa and Australia are playing the best Test cricket to my mind,” he was forthright in his assessment.Botham was speaking on how well Australia and England have held on to their Test culture before expressing his disappointment with India, who are interestingly playing mostly Test cricket this year .advertisement”Australia has an established Big Bash, it’s pretty well fitted in the calendar. England is also alright with a proper set up. Look you can have Twenty20 matches but it cannot be week in and week out. People get bored of it,” he said.England are scheduled to tour India in November-December this year to play five Test matches.”That should be a good series, I am looking forward to it because England have been doing really well. They have revamped the system, gone to factory settings and are looking good,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more