<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="India should dominate cricket in longer term, says Greg Chappell" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130227221746.jpg" title="India should dominate cricket in longer term, says Greg Chappell" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Greg Chappell says Indian cricket should have the best side in the world © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Kolkata: Feb 27, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Former Team <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India </a>coach <a href="/tags/Greg-Chappell/post" target="_blank">Greg Chappell</a> on Tuesday said he was excited about the future of Indian cricket but worried about the future of Test matches.<br /> <br /> "I think the future of Indian cricket is very strong. I am excited to think where Indian cricket can go and can lead the game," Chappell said while delivering the annual Tiger Pataudi lecture.<br /> <br /> However, one thing which worries the former Aussie skipper though is the future of Test cricket in the age of Twenty20's.<br /> <br /> Chappell said it would be a big mistake and detrimental to the future of cricket if the longer version of the game lost its importance.<br /> <br /> Remarking that Test matches are the soul of cricket, Chappell said, "If we allow Tests to lose, cricket will lose its soul. Cricket will be poorer."<br /> <br /> "T20 has taken the game to a different level. It is here to stay, no doubt about that. We don't need to change that," he said while stressing that Test cricket needs to be protected in such a scenario.<br /> <br /> Explaining the importance of Tests, he said the five-day game threw up challenges which test the patience of cricketers and make them learn how to deal with the good and the bad together.<br /> <br /> Talking about the future of Indian cricket, he said if Indian players could perform well under different conditions, then nothing could stop the team.<br /> <br /> Stating that challenges change not only with different pitches but with the progress of a Test, Chappell said, "That is where you develop players who can play all over the world. I think once your cricket embraces this, there will be no stopping what Indian cricket can achieve."<br /> <br /> The former Aussie skipper said Indian cricket should have the best side in the world as it has the natural advantage of huge population.<br /> <br /> "The reason why it has not happened is the plans have not been put in place," Chappell said.<br /> <br /> "It (India) should be the next cricket super-power. It should dominate cricket in the long-term. For that, changes are needed but not ad-hoc strategies," he said adding that India should win more matches away from home.<br /> <br /> Praising <a href="/tags/MS-Dhoni/post" target="_blank">MS Dhoni</a>'s batting skills, Chappell said the Indian skipper developed skills because of playing on a variety of surfaces.<br /> <br /> "The step which is equally important is to provide facilities for everybody to play cricket. It is the environment rather than the academies that produce good players," he said.<br /> <br /> He also suggested that <a href="/tags/BCCI/post" target="_blank">BCCI</a>'s pitch and grounds committee should not try to make all pitches of the same type.<br /> <br /> "Not every pitch needs to be the same. Each region has its own nuances," he said.