Former Australia wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist has lauded India skipper Virat Kohli for his stance on Test cricket.
In a recent interview with the Wisden Cricket Monthly, Kohli had described Test cricket as the ‘most beautiful’ format.
“I think that if you really understand the sport, if you really love the sport, you understand Test cricket and you understand how exciting it is,” Kohli told Wisden Cricket Monthly.
“I cannot explain to you the job satisfaction that you get when you do well in Test cricket, because you know how demanding it is.
“It’s the most beautiful format of the game. I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere. I don’t even see it getting compressed to four days. It should not be tinkered with.”
Gilchrist took to Instagram to laud Kohli’s remarks, calling his opinion one of the most important in cricket currently.
“Pleasing remarks from Virat Kohli. Really, really pleasing remarks. Currently one of the most important opinions in the game and I like what he’s saying,” the Aussie wrote.
Kohli is currently leading the run-scoring chart in India’s ongoing Test series against England with 486 runs in seven innings at an average just shy of 70. He is currently the No1 ranked batsman in both the Test and ODI formats.
Making a return to the squad are all-rounder Imad Wasim and opening batsman Shan Masood. Wasim last appeared in Pakistan colours in a T20 clash against Sri Lanka in October last year while Masood’s last appearance came in the Test series against the same opponents. Masood is yet to be capped at the limited-overs formats by Pakistan.
PCB announced 18 players for the camp for Asia Cup 2018 https://t.co/jRvCbjZk4o— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) August 30, 2018
The players’ week-long training camp will be held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on September 3 before culminating on September 10. The players will undergo fitness tests on the first day of the camp.
Pakistan have been drawn in Group A of the Asia Cup alongside arch-rivals India and a yet to be decided qualifier.
Pakistan and India will lock horns in the group stages at Dubai on September 19 and could meet once again in the tournament should both teams progress to the Super Four as expected.
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (C, wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Hassan Ali, Usman Khan Shinwari, Mohammed Amir, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Faheem Ashraf
Veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga returned to the national team after a gap of one year as Sri Lankan selectors picked him in the 16-member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup tournament in the UAE.
The 35-year-old last featured in ODIs in September last year against India at home. Throughout that series, Malinga looked down on pace and precision.
However, selectors were impressed by his bowling during the ongoing domestic T20 series. He was also among the wickets in the recently concluded Global T20 League in Canada. There, playing for the Montreal Tigers, Malinga was the third-highest wicket taker with 13 scalps from six games.
Malinga has taken 301 ODI wickets since his ODI debut in 2004. In the T20 format, he has taken 90 scalps.
Sri Lanka squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhanajaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith Malinga