If it’s a Test series, it has to be a test of character over three Tests: Kohli after WTC final
After being the top Test side in the world for the last few years, India found themselves short of glory in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand. While New Zealand seemed a better side in the Test, India showed immense character in a game hugely impacted by rain.
For such an intense final where teams gave it all, there have been suggestions to have a best of three to decide the winner. Before leaving for England, India coach Ravi Shastri had spoken about it and now even the skipper seems to be in agreement with the thought.
"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 you suddenly you are not a good Test side anymore. I don't believe in it," Kohli said after he was asked if he thought nerves played a big role in the final.
Kohli talked about how having a multi-game final will be a good measure to decide which team actually is the best in the format.
"It has to be a hard grind and something that definitely needs to be worked around in the future. "At the end of three matches, where there's effort, there's ups and downs, there's 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," Kohli added.
India and RCB skipper sounded confident and reminded that the Indian team is not bothered by a one-off result and is aware of what it has achieved in the last 3-4 years.
"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."