WC 07, for me, has opened (reopened!) up the tests vs. one dayers debate. The almost meaningless, meandering games with only shallow and superficial excitement, teams’ fortunes changing with no rhyme or reason, violent bludgeoning of the cricket ball from seemingly overdosed musclemen, murders and conspiracies, all put together, have taken any bit of charm that may have remained in one day cricket (for me!). What in hell difference does it make if Bangladesh trounces India or South Africa or Ireland humiliates Pakistan other than providing those minnows their one day of paid glory? The several hundreds and or fastest fifties that Hayden plundered will become a thing of the past, while even his remarkable 300 in tests will remain an innings to remember. Even Andre Nel seems to reserve his theatrical talents for the five day extravaganza. Heck, even world cup football (soccer) seemed more exciting considering I much rather prefer the localized versions of the sport.One day cricket is decaying into its almost farcical progeny, the 20-20 type. I cannot wait for the next test series to begin, when all sanity will return, when cricket will go back to its normal glorious stature.
Like the paintings of rennaissance, like the compositions of carnatic trinity, Beethoven or Mozart, like the music of Pink Floyd, Miles Davis or Sanjay Subrahmanyan, test cricket (for me!) will remain the only true art of sport!!Eagerly looking forward to seeing gentlemen in whites again!