India captain acknowledges NZ had been higher facet however says nice Tests are available collection
“I am not in absolute agreement of deciding the best Test side in the world over the course of one game,” Kohli stated within the wake of his group’s eight-wicket loss in Southampton.
“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.”
“It has to be a hard grind and something that definitely needs to be worked around in the future,” he stated. “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.
“So we’re not too bothered by this outcome as a result of we perceive as a Test facet what we’ve got completed during the last 3-4 years, not simply during the last 18 months. So this isn’t a measure of who we’re as a group [with] the power and the potential we’ve got had for so a few years now.”
Despite days one and four of the WTC final being washed out, the match reached a riveting climax on the reserve day, with several stand-out performers including the Player of the Match Kyle Jamieson, his captain Kane Williamson, and Tim Southee, who claimed four second-innings wickets. For India, Mohammad Shami was outstanding in New Zealand’s first innings, while Rishabh Pant’s inventive counterattacking on the final afternoon helped post an eventual target of 139.
Asked if he believed that the quality of the cricket on display could help make the case for a best-of-three final in the future, Kohli responded with a categorical yes.
“Absolutely. If you noticed the way in which the sport went, with no matter time we obtained on the sphere, why would not you need to see two extra Tests of the identical groups battling it out and, ultimately, being the worthy winners of the World Test Championship?
“Historically all the great series that you’ve seen in Test cricket, you remember them over a period of three matches or five matches perhaps, with two teams going against each other and those series become memorable.
“This undoubtedly has to be introduced in. I’m not saying this as a result of we’re not on the profitable facet, however simply for Test cricket and for this saga to be completely memorable, it has to occur over a interval of three video games minimal, so that you’ve a collection to bear in mind.
“There are going to be ups and downs throughout, with two quality sides going at each other, knowing that there’s so much on the line.”
“I suppose the exciting part to finals is that anything can happen,” Williamson stated in response to Kohli’s feedback. “We know how fickle cricket is and we’ve seen it in other competitions, in other World Cups and in all other bits and pieces.
“The one-off issue does carry a singular dynamic, which does make it thrilling and all these types of issues, and on any given day something can occur. We’ve been on all totally different sides of that assertion.”
On the eve of the final, ICC’s acting chief executive officer Geoff Allardice had told ESPNcricinfo that the one hurdle to hosting anything like a best-of-three WTC final would be the absence of any window in an already choking cricket calendar. Williamson agreed.
“I suppose there’s arguments for each side, and I suppose the problem can be scheduling that collection amongst loads of cricket that is already on, however little doubt, the extra cricket that you’ve inside a collection, the extra you do discover out and the extra it does reveal itself.
“But in the same way it was a really exciting match. It’s the first time that there’s been this competition on, and both teams were fully geared for the game, and it was a brilliant game of cricket.”
Nagraj Gollapudi is information editor at ESPNcricinfo