WTC Final LIVE: Virat Kohli says ‘Best Test team in the world can’t be decided over a period of five days’- Ahead of the World Test Championship Final, India skipper Virat Kohli feels that the best Test team in the world can’t be decided over a period of five days.
“If you are talking about Test team and deciding the best team based on one match over a period of five days, that is not the reality. This for us is just another Test match,” Kohli said.
“The one-off Test is not going to reflect the truth. But the reality is what have done over the last 4-5 years. We are focussing on our processes. We are not here for a one-off Test. We are here for six Tests and the first Test begins tomorrow,” he added.
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WTC Final LIVE: On his preparation for the epic encounter, Kohli said that it is just another game for him and as a team they will continue their quest for excellence.
“For me this is another match that has to be played. Very exciting for those on the outside. As a team we will continue with our quest for excellence. We know what we want to do,” Kohli said.
He feels that the feeling will be same like the first Test match.
“We won the 2011 World Cup and it was a great moment goes on, but cricket goes on and life goes on. So yes, it is an occasion that has to be enjoyed, but it is no different for us from the first Test all of us played. Mindset remains the same,” he told the media.
“We play a certain brand of cricket ourselves. For us, we are playing against a team that is a solid opponent. Off the field, we get along well. On the field, we are very professional and we know what we need to do,” he added.
WTC Final LIVE: Virat Kohli on the rain expected during the match.
“We are not bothered by what the weather holds. We aren’t going to change anything. We have out plans in place,” he said.
Last year, the ICC had decided to change the point-rating system of WTC due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WTC table was revised to rank teams based on the percentage of points earned from the series played, meaning teams were ranked in order of percentage of points earned.
India, which was on top of the table, got suddenly toppled by Australia but the Kohli-led side has played some remarkable cricket since then to qualify for the WTC final.
The Indian skipper said the side had mentally qualified for the WTC final but the change in points system allowed them to be more hungry during the subsequent series.
“In our mind, we had qualified way before things got complicated anyway. However that just gave us more determination and more clarity as to where we want to go and what we want to achieve. So looking back now probably was a good thing that happened as there was no room for complacency,” said Kohli.
“If we would have qualified earlier maybe we would have relaxed a little bit. The situation allowed us to be more hungry and more determined and know exactly what was going to be and we used that as a fueling factor and motivation to keep moving forward,” he added.
On his friendship with Kane Williamson, Kohli stated, “Me and Kane have become friends playing against each other on the pitch and we have conversations off the pitch as well, but when we step on the pitch, they are opponents and we’ll be looking to get him out as early, and I am sure it is the same from their side too.”
Kohli also opened up on India’s 2-0 loss against Kiwis in their backyard.
“This is not ODI cricket or T20s. This is Test cricket and it requires a hard grind of five days. We understand what we have played to get here and are looking forward to playing the Test match,” he signed off.
India will be locking horns against New Zealand in the finals, beginning June 18, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
The winners of the much-awaited WTC final will take home a purse of USD 1.6 million along with the ICC Test Championship Mace.
The losing team will get USD 800,000 for finishing second in the nine-team competition, which was played over a near two-year cycle, adding context to Test cricket and to crown the first official world champions in the longest format of the game.
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