The inaugural ICC World Test Championship kick-started from August 1, 2019 and the primary ever closing might be contested between India and New Zealand from June 18, 2021 in a one-off Test match to be performed in Southampton in England.
The inaugural championship was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 because it despatched the whole FTP for a toss. It was hampered by collection of postponements and cancellations. The ICC made modifications to its already difficult factors system and on the finish of all of it, India certified for the finals by ending on the prime of the desk together with New Zealand, who completed second.
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During the whole length of the WTC, India contested a complete of six Test collection. They beat West Indies and Australia away from house, whereas securing victories over Bangladesh, South Africa and England at house.
Virat Kohli and his group’s solely reversal got here in New Zealand as they misplaced to Kane Williamson’s aspect 0-2. So, the WTC closing in some ways offers Kohli and his group an opportunity to appropriate that file and turn out to be the true Champions of Test cricket.
But the situations in England might be much like that in New Zealand, if not the identical, and that positively offers the Kiwis a bonus. Indian batsmen are recognized to wrestle towards the transferring ball and that may very well be a significant component within the closing, given New Zealand’s line-up of tempo bowlers.
When this query was requested within the pre-departure press convention, Indian captain Kohli determined to face it boldly and his response will need to have lifted the morale of the camp. He stated the group’s focus is on taking part in higher cricket than the opposition and the situations don’t matter to him and his males.
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“Play higher Test cricket. That is all. Conditions are the identical for us in addition to New Zealand.
“Australian situations ought to have favoured Australians (however India received). It’s the way you have a look at the state of affairs. If you need us to board the flight from right here, feeling like New Zealand’s bought the sting, then there is no level taking that flight.
“We are going to board that flight realizing that we’re at equal phrases. And whichever group performs effectively session by session, hour by hour goes to win that championship,” Kohli stated.
While Kohli’s positivity is praiseworthy, it have to be famous that India have misplaced their final three Test collection abroad by large margins and their solely win towards New Zealand, away from house, since successful method again in 1967, got here greater than a decade in the past.