… Kohli calls for best-of-three final in WTC
INDIAN captain Virat Kohli batted for best-of-three final to decide the champions of the World Test Championship (WTC) going forward.
Kohli’s statement came after India lost by eight wickets in the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship against New Zealand at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday..
The rain-marred summit clash headed into the reserve day with all three results possible but New Zealand emerged on top to become the first-ever World Test champions after thrashing Kohli-led India.
The final saw two days getting washed out completely due to rain and just when it looked like a result is unlikely, New Zealand produced their best at last to clinch the trophy.
Speaking after his side’s loss, Kohli said he was not in complete favour of deciding the world champions in Test cricket over the course of just one game and said there should be a three-match series for the final to test both teams.
“I am not in absolute agreement of deciding the best Test side in the world over the course of one game. If it is a Test series, it has to be a test of character over three Tests – which team has the ability to come back in the series or totally blow away the other team,” Kohli said after the game.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has reacted to the Indian skipper’s statement and said finals are one-off games where the best teams/athletes know they have to deliver.
Bringing Indian Premier League (IPL) into the debate, Vaughan also pointed out how will ICC schedule three Tests which would require at least a month.
“Where in the schedule would it fit in? Are the IPL going to reduce the year of the final tournament by 2 weeks so it could fit in? Doubt it ..: Finals are one-off games where teams/individuals know they have to deliver … that’s what makes them so great,” Vaughan wrote in a tweet.
After missing out on the World Test Championship mace, India will now shift focus towards the upcoming five-match Test series against England. Having lost the Test series 4-1 on their last tour of England, India will be hoping to script history under Kohli this time around.