Test Cricket is the ultimate form of Cricket, and the barometer against which the ability of a player is judged. A player who has not succeeded at Test Level might never be considered a true cricketing great. All ATGs from the past had stellar Test Careers. Some managed to have great ODI careers, but a lot of them had average ODI careers too. Back then ODI cricket was not as dominant and frequent as it is now, and not having a great ODI career in the past never left a black mark against a true great. However, now that ODI cricket makes up a huge chunk of the cricket calendar, does having an average ODI career alongside a Brilliant Test Career still make someone an ATG?
Steyn would be a good example. He’s had a fantastic Test Career, but his ODI career is hardly as good. Would this be held against him at the end of his career in this day and age of limited overs dominant cricket? Or is only having a top drawer Test Career still good enough to land you place in Cricketing folklore? **