Ahead of the third pink-ball Test against England, starting from February 24 in Ahmedabad, former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has a message for Team India with regard to the ICC World Test Championship final.
The ICC WTC final has only one spot remaining as New Zealand became the first side to qualify earlier this year. As things stand, India, England and Australia are in contention to join New Zealand for the summit clash.
If India beat England by 2-1 or a 3-1 margin, they will play the Kiwis at Lord’s in July this year. With the four-match Test series tied at 1–1, Gambhir wants Virat Kohli and his men to focus on the pink-ball Test, instead of the WTC final.
“Every Test match is important, one should not keep on thinking about the World Test Championship. The team should focus on this pink-ball game. I think it would be a good Test match,” Gambhir told news agency ANI.
Last week, veteran batsman Rohit Sharma also spoke about the same at a press conference.
“To be honest, when we are playing the game, the focus is not on the outside. We want to qualify for the WTC finals, but we still to do a lot of things right to be there,” said Rohit.
“We will be very happy to qualify for the WTC finals, but there are little steps that we need to take before we reach the finals. It is too far ahead still, we have got two Tests to play before that, we will see what happens after that.”
The third Test, which will be played under the lights at the new Motera Stadium, will start on Wednesday. So far, India have played two Day/Night Tests – versus Bangladesh (won by an innings and 46 runs) and Australia (lost by 8 wickets) respectively.