WTC Final: Sunil Gavaskar feels the World Test Championship final will end in a draw – Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has expressed that as the two days of play has been washed out in the World Test Championship final the match will end in a draw. Virat Kohli’s Team India are on the back foot at the moment as Kane Williamson’s New Zealand dominated Day 3 of the match.
“It looks like the World Test Championship Final will end in a draw and the trophy would be shared. It would be the first time that a trophy has been shared in the final. There are penalty shootouts in football or other criteria to decide a winner. In tennis, there are five sets and then a tiebreaker to get a winner. In Tests, we can only have a draw in such instances, and there is a high probability of a draw here as well,” Sunil Gavaskar said.
The first day of the match was washed out and the toss took place on Day 2 while after two days of play the fourth day was also washed out even without a ball being bowled.
“Everyone around here is saying that there is no chance of play today. It means only two days are left. To complete three innings in two days would be really difficult. Yes, if both teams bat really badly, the three innings could be completed,” little master added.
Gavaskar also feels that the ICC should have thought out a way to decide the winner in case of a draw.
“There should have been some way to decide a winner. In the 2019 World Cup, we saw the team that hit the most boundaries lift the trophy. Due to the pandemic, the table was decided based on percentage points rather than outright points. The goalpost kept shifting throughout the World Test Championship, which wasn’t fair for any team. They should have considered all things and developed criteria to decide a winner,” Sunil Gavaskar signed off.
ICC added a reserve day for the final which was scheduled to ensure five full days of play, and it will only be used if lost playing time cannot be recovered through the normal provisions of making up lost time each day. There will be no additional day’s play if a positive result is not achieved after five full days of play and the match will be declared a draw in such a scenario.
Many cricket fans and experts have criticised ICC for its decision to host World Test Championship final here in England. Earlier as well many matches of the 2019 World Cup was washed out due to rain.