Indian captain Virat Kohli asserted that youngsters need to focus on the longer format of the game, speaking at the first Annual Conclave of Delhi & Districts Cricket Association on Wednesday (November 30).
“I see only Unmukt Chand sitting here. But I want to tell all of the young generation, please focus on the longer format of the game,” Kohli said as quoted by Times of India. “I believe Test cricket is paramount for the game to sustain globally. Test cricket is fighting for its survival at the moment. Youngsters need to take to Test cricket for it to survive, not only in our country but globally,” he added.
The event was centred around the inauguration of two new stands at the Feroz Shah Kotla named after two former players and legends of the game, Bishan Singh Bedi and Mohinder Amarnath.
Kohli also recollected some of his memories while playing age group under Bishan Singh Bedi himself.
“I remember when I played U14 and U16s for Delhi, Bedi sir would make us train too much. Now that’s become a part of my life. It’s a huge honour to stand with all Delhi captains. I myself have been a Delhi captain,” said Kohli.
Bedi, speaking at event, said that he hasn’t seen a player as intense as Kohli on the field. “I may not agree with some of his gestures on field but I have not seen someone more intense than Virat on field,” said Bedi. “I have never seen an Indian more intense than Virat. He will mellow down for sure but how much I have learnt watching Virat is unreal.”
“To play for India, figures in first class cricket comes in handy. Ranji Trophy should be played for the sake of Ranji Trophy and Duleep for the sake of Duleep. I don’t understand the name of these teams like Red, Blue and Green,” Bedi said.