"In the past five years, 31 matches have been drawn out of 223 Tests played i.e.; 13 per cent, a lot more than our GDP. It needs your best wishes to remain to the "pink" of it's health", said Sehwag, who has played 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20s for India and was known to find the fence easily, tormenting bowlers across the globe during his time.
Yet, in his trademark witty style, the former Indian cricketer claimed that innovations like names on jerseys and pink ball Tests were fine but overall, five-day Tests were like a "diaper" which should only be changed when it's finished and can not be used anymore.
"I have always supported change".
He was the first Indian to score a triple century in Tests and is so far the only India to score two triple century in the longest format of the game.
Cricket Australia boss Kevin Roberts is in India this week meeting new BCCI boss Sourav Ganguly, with a day-night Test expected to be on the agenda. "Char din ki sirf chandni hi hoti hai.Test cricket nahin" (four days of moon is fine, not Test cricket)", said the ever-witty Sehwag in his inimitable fashion. Five-day Test cricket is romance, bowler tries to get the batsman out and batsman strategies and build the innings.
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Sehwag said the players should never ignore a corrupt approach.
"If you play well, money will follow (you)".
"If you love this game, then you should not go on that path. If you go to that path, it means you don't love this game, that means you are only playing for money", Sehwag said while delivering the seventh Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi Lecture at the BCCI Awards here.
The Australian players are firm in their stance they want the series-opener at the Gabba, while there is a push from Western Australia to make sure one match is played in Perth. While speaking about Kohli, Sehwag said he is hopeful the current captain would win the T20 World Cup this year and also urged him to keep Test cricket relevant.
"See, it is only right that you discuss these matters and we will do the same with CA, ECB, and Cricket South Africa. It's the BCCI's responsibility also to ensure that awareness starts from the under-16 and under-19 levels", said Sehwag.
Last year, the BCCI had banned India U-19 World Cup-winning captain Prithvi Shaw for eight months after the youngster failed a dope test.