Virat Kohli explains how World Test Championships would make the game more intense thereby giving context to every Test teams would play
The first edition of the World Test Championship is all set to commence from August 1, 2019 with The Ashes series at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. Nine top-ranked teams in the ICC Test ranking will play six series each — three at home and three away — against mutually chosen opponents over the two-year cycle.
Addressing the pre-departure press conference before leaving for the West Indies tour, Indian skipper Virat Kohli explained how the World Test Championships would add context to the longest format of the game, with value being given to the importance of each and every session of the match.
“There were certain Tests which didn’t seem apt for that moment”- Kohli
After admitting that he was eagerly looking forward towards the World Test Championships, Kohli admitted that there were a few Test matches (one-off or two-Test series) which did not seem apt at that particular moment, especially after a big series or a tournament.
“I think it’s a great thing to be honest. We were looking forward to it because very honestly we felt like there were a few series in between where after such big tours we felt like maybe a one-off Test or a couple of Tests were not apt for the moment. But, I think this gives context to all kinds of Cricket that we are gonna play, and it’s a great thing for Test Cricket at this moment also”, Kohli commented.
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“Test Cricket really needed a boost”- Kohli
Admiring the way the Indian team has played in the longest format of the game in the recent past, Kohli was of the view that fans in India have engaged themselves significantly with the way the team has played off-late, but despite that, Test Cricket really needed a boost from a global point of view.
“We’ve been talking about this for the last 2-3 years, and regardless of how we have played as a team and the interest of the fans building up because of it, Test Cricket needed a boost.”
“The players were always putting in the effort, but I think from a global point of view it was important to have an incentive attached to Test Cricket in a way the Test Championship presents, and for all the Cricketers involved now every session will be more intense. So, it will be challenging, but it will be all the more exciting”, Kohli further added.
India will begin its World Test Championship campaign with the two-match Test series versus West Indies starting from August 22 in Antigua.