The result of the World Test Championship (WTC final 21) looked certain when India collapsed earlier during their first inning. However, there were many twists and turns when Kohli and co tried to step back in the game.
As New Zealand have become the first-ever winners of the ICC WTC, Williamson finally has clinched his maiden ICC trophy after striving for multiple tournaments. But, Kohli’s hopes are once again lightened off after India’s losing streak at the big stages of ICC events continues.
As a consequence of defeat, the Indian captain is not satisfied with the way things are concluded. He believes that after a years-old Test tournament, the winner could not have been decided via a one-off Test.
Kohli opines that there should be over three red-ball contests to decide the champions of the extravaganza rather than deciding the winners with one game.
Kohli not satisfied with WTC final 21 results
“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. It can’t just be pressure applied over two days of good cricket and then suddenly you are not a good Test side anymore. I don’t believe in it.”
He says the results cannot change the fact India being one of the best Test teams in the world. Defining the advantages of a three-match Test series, he defines the variations in conditions and line-ups to judge the best.
“It has to be a hard grind and something that definitely needs to be worked around in the future,” he said. “At the end of three matches, where there’s effort, there’s ups and downs, there are situations changing during the course of the series, a chance to rectify the things you have done in the first game, and then really see who is the better side over the course of a three-match series or something, will be a good measure of how things really are,”Advertisement
WTC Final does not define who India is as a team, says Kohli:
“So we are not too bothered by this result because we understand as a Test side what we have done over the last 3-4 years, not just over the last 18 months. So this is not a measure of who we are as a team [with] the ability and the potential we have had for so many years now.”