Ishant sharma

Veteran India pacer Ishant Sharma has stressed on the importance of the World Test Championship (WTC) final, saying the match is as big as a World Cup final.

The Virat Kohli-led side is currently preparing for the all-important clash against Kane Williamson’s men which is set to kick-off on June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Ahead of the much-anticipated game, Ishant Sharma highlighted that the journey to the WTC final has been “very emotional” for the Indian players. He also pointed out that India’s triumphs in the last two Test series against Australia and England also gave them a huge boost in terms of confidence.

“It’s been a practical as well as an emotional journey and this is an ICC tournament that is as big as 50 over WC final,” the 32-year-old bowler said in a video posted on BCCI’s official Twitter handle.

“Virat has said this is not our sweat and hard work of just one month but over a period of two years. We had to work harder due to COVID-19, then rule change happened and we were under pressure and then we won a tough series in Australia. We came back against England as we had to win 3-1,” he added.

After the conclusion of the WTC final, Kohli & Co. will face Joe Root-led England in a five-match Test series which is scheduled to take place from August 4. 

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