BCCI president Sourav Ganguly believes that if a player wants to be successful, he has to perform at the biggest platform. The 48-year-old recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his Test debut. Sourav Ganguly made his Test debut on India's tour of England back in the year 1996 at the iconic Lord's Stadium.
The purest format of the game tests the patience, character, and skill set of a cricketer. Several greats of the game have been speaking volumes about the importance and necessity of the Test formats in a cricketer's life. While speaking on Star Sports Network, Sourav Ganguly explained why Test cricket is considered the ultimate format. He also stated that people will always remember those players who make runs in the most extended format of the game.
The test format is the biggest stage for a player to make an impact: Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly pointed out the importance of Test cricket. He also stated that almost all cricketing legends from the past have had outstanding Test records. The test format is in the limelight once again after an enthralling battle in the final of the WTC between India and New Zealand. With two days of play getting washed out due to rain, many people didn't expect a result in the final clash. However, New Zealand grabbed all the opportunities on the sixth day and won the elusive Test mace for the first time in the history of the game. Sourav Ganguly stressed the importance of the most extended format of the game and said it is the biggest stage for a player to make an impact.
The BCCI president also stated that Test cricket was the utmost format when he had started playing the game. He believes it is still the ultimate format when it comes to international cricket. Sourav Ganguly was the first Indian batsman to score a century at the iconic Lord's Stadium on his Test debut in 1996. Ganguly, who was one of the most successful batsmen for India, has played 113 Tests. In those, he has scored around 7212 runs at an average of 42.17. This also includes 16 centuries and 35 half-centuries.