Indian Head coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday said that in the future, the ICC should make the final of the WTC a best of three contests & it could be played in a three-match series format.
India & New Zealand will come into a face-off in the final of the WTC at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton starting from June 18. Before that New Zealand will play a two-match test series against England which has begun from today at Lord’s.
“I think ideally in the long run, if they want to pursue this WTC, best of three finals would be ideal. But you have to finish it as early as possible, because of the Future Tours Programme. One-off is a one-off, guys have earned their stripes. When you start competing at the top, you have the ability to pull yourself out of tough situations. This team has pulled itself out of big problems so I think the final is a great victory for the boys really”, said Shastri during a virtual press conference.
When Captain Virat Kohli was asked whether he would be under pressure in the WTC final, he said, “It is no challenge for me, for the team’s point of view, it has been quite challenging for us, now is the time for us to go out there & enjoy. We have worked hard in the last 5-6 years, we look at things differently when you compare it with the people outside, we start thinking like people outside, and we would not be able to perform”.
“There is no pressure on me, I am just fulfilling the responsibility which has been given to me, I am committed to taking Indian Cricket ahead & I will be always like this till the game I play the game. There has never been pressure on me & there would be no pressure going ahead. As long as I am helping the teammates & they are helping each other, this is the only thing that matters. We want to enjoy the final”, Virat added.
“The Indian Men’s team arrive in the UK on June 3, 2021, via a chartered flight with negative PCR Test”, ICC said in an Official Release. After reaching the UK they will proceed to the on-site hotel at the Hampshire Bowl where they will be tested again before undergoing 10 days of isolation in the hotel room.
Regular COVID-19 tests will be conducted during their period of isolation. The Player’s activity will be increased gradually after each round of negative testing, starting from exercise in isolation to small group & then followed by larger squad activity while remaining within the bio-secure environment.
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