While T20 cricket in today’s time has seen an evolution in terms of the profusion of T20 freelancers or specialists, similarly even Test cricket now demands those players who earnestly have the pedigree to ascend.
With cricket now exponentially being played in all three formats, both the shortest and the longest format do demand an exclusive set of players who vigorously can cope and take on the format’s demands and challenges. While T20 cricket in today’s time has seen an evolution in terms of the profusion of T20 freelancers or specialists, similarly even Test cricket now demands those players who earnestly have the pedigree to ascend.
Also, with the format being the hardest form of the game, often when players age or become the eminent white-ball specialist might not then find Test cricket as their cup of tea. Perhaps with international teams also sometimes trying to cast some pro-white-ball specialists in Test matches, there’s a large number of players who have just made some scanty appearances and have disappeared from the longest format.
Hence, in this list here are 10 current cricketers who because of certain factors and reasons must say goodbye to Test cricket.
10 Current cricketers who should retire from Test cricket
1. Murali Vijay
Ever since the cease of the legendary opening duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay had immediately established himself as team India’s frontline opener in 2013. The cricketer at that time onwards enjoyed a strong prominence of being a reliable opener even in the away challenging conditions as well. However, with a sharp decline in his performances in 2018 away tours, the right-handed opener, unfortunately, received an axing in the 2018-19 tour of Australia.
Now haplessly since then, neither Murali Vijay has come into the contention for a possible Test comeback nor the cricketer has made any significant pile of runs to impress the selectors. Perhaps with the dazzling emergence of other players like Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, Vijay now definitely seems to have lost the race to provide any continuity to his prolific Test career.
Further, even if Vijay now starts to brim with a truckload of runs, his hiking age might then become the biggest factor to ever make him play for team India again. And with the current set of selectors already being very aggressive to discard players of higher age groups, there is a high certainty that Murali Vijay has last played for team India in 2018. Hence, with many factors overall subduing Murali Vijay’s chance of making a possible come back, it’s best that the cricketer must consider a potential Test retirement.