Virat Kohli said future editions of the World Test Championship final should be played as a three-game series after his side India’s victory over New Zealand in the showpiece opening match in Southampton on Wednesday.
New Zealand won eight victories in a final that extended to a sixth day after two days were fully flushed.
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The Blackcaps, claiming a first major world title, were chasing a modest 139 target after their impressive offensive limited India to 170 in their second period.
India captain Kohli, who was twice rejected in the final by Royal Challenge Bangalore teammate and New Zealand pacemaker Kyle Jamieson, the match player after a seven-pound, insisted his comments were “not because we are not on the winning side, but in order to create a “memorable” epic.
Congratulating New Zealand on their victory, protagonist Kohli added: “I think it has to happen in a period of at least three games. It has to be a test of character in three tests … (this) will be a good measure for how things really are. “
India, who will remain in England for a series of five tests against Joe Root’s men starting in August, recently won 3-1 at home to England after coming from behind to complete an astonishing Australian victory earlier this year.
“We are not bothered much by this result because we understand as a trial side what we have done in the last three or four years, not just the last 18 months,” Kohli said. “This is not a measure of who we are as a team.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, having suffered the pain of defeat in two consecutive World Cup 50 over finals, in 2015 being beaten by his Australian compatriots, followed by a Super Over match defeat by England before two in Lord years, without surprise got a view.
“I guess the exciting part about the finals is that anything can happen,” said Williamson, who drove home to New Zealand with an unbeaten 52 to pursue his first season 49.
“We know how fickle cricket is,” added Williamson, who shared a 96-year-old collaboration with fellow top scorer Ross Taylor (47 no).
“The unique factor brings a unique dynamic, which makes it exciting. We were on all sides of this statement.”
The planning of the last two years has been quite difficult for the International Cricket Council, given the huge number of bilateral matches organized by top cricket countries and not by the world governing body.
“I guess the challenge would be to plan that (final) series among the many cricket already in progress,” said Williamson, who accepted a longer series would be more “revealing.”
However, Williamson said there is no doubt about the commitment of both finalists in this fight.
“The first time this competition took place both teams were fully prepared for the game and it was a great cricket game,” he said.