WTC Last Must Be Best Of Three Affair, Says India Head Coach Ravi Shastri

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Indian coach Ravi Shastri said that the WTC Last will be enormous for players.© AFP


India head coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday said the World Test Championship last must be a best-of-three affair in the end and not a one off match like his side is set to play against New Zealand in the inaugural edition. India leave for UK in the late hours of Thursday to play the WTC last against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18 and five games against England starting August 4. “I think ideally, in the end, whether they wish to pursue with this Test championship, best of three last would be ideal. A three match series as a culmination of two and a half years of cricket,” Shastri said in the pre-departure press convention.

“But they want to finish off the Future Tours Program (FTP) and then start everywhere again. So one off is one off, guys have earned their stripes, and this isn’t a team that is suddenly blossomed overnight,” he added.

India fly to UK after a 14-day quarantine while New Zealand are already getting valuable practice with the two-match series underway against England.

Shastri said the WTC last is a massive game.

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“See, it’s the first time that you’ve got a Test Championship last. When you look at the magnitude of the game that’s going to be played, I think this is the biggest, whether not the biggest ever, because it is the toughest form of the game,” he said.

“It is a format that tests you. It isn’t happened over three days or three months, it’s happened over two years, where teams have played every other all over the world, and earned their stripes to play the finals so it’s one heck of an event,” he concluded.

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