Former Team India captain Kapil Dev feels that a three-Test final would have been ideal to decide the winner of an important title like the World Test Championship (WTC). India will take on New Zealand in the WTC Final, starting June 18 in Southampton.
The marquee clash was initially scheduled to be played at Lord’s. However, Southampton was considered a safer option to tackle COVID-19 since a five-star hotel is part of the Rose Bowl Stadium.
“I would have preferred more than just one match to decide such an important title. Of course, these days it is not a big thing to prepare for a match. It helps to play a few matches in those conditions but that can’t be an excuse,” Kapil Dev told Mid-Day.
“Maybe, Lord’s would have a better venue than Rose Bowl because the ground has a great history. Even Manchester [Old Trafford] would have been a good choice but there is something about celebrating a win at Lord’s,” he added.
On being asked about the concept of WTC Final, he stated: “Why not? It is something the ICC has done to popularise Test matches. There will be good cricket for the public, I am sure. I feel three-Test finals would have been great.”
Kapil Dev, who was the captain of India during their famous 2-0 test series win over England in 1986, also spoke about how India can tackle the challenging conditions in England. He advised the team to take it session by session.
“Test cricket is about sessions. Each can be intriguing because of the weather factor. Within minutes, it changes from sunny to cloudy. So you have to be tactically good and technically sound when you play in England,” he added.
Following the WTC final, Virat Kohli-led India will take on England in a five-match Test series, starting April 4. Kapil Dev signed off by saying that India’s batting will hold the key to the team’s fortunes in England.
“I won’t say batsmen are better than the bowlers. You have to have a balance. India look a superior batting side. How they tackle the conditions is important. To me, India’s batting will hold the key. The bowlers provide a solid back-up to India’s cricket campaigns these days but the quality of batsmen will stand out in the final,” he concluded.