Team India skipper Virat Kohli has played down the importance of the World Test Championship (WTC) final, saying that the team is not looking at the one-off Test against New Zealand as their “final frontier”.
The 32-year-old is yet to win an ICC event as skipper, and many see the WTC final as an opportunity to change his fortunes. However, he stated that the team has a bigger picture in mind and for them, every Test match over the last five years has held a lot of importance.
“For us, this is not the final frontier, it’s just another feather to add to this big hat that we have created as a Test team. This is not just good cricket over the last 7-8 months. This is hard work and toil for the last 4-5 years,” he said in a clip shared by the ICC on Twitter.
“Understanding what kind of players we need, the kind of bowling lineup we need to win Test matches everywhere in the world. The kind of batsmen we need with different roles to play in the squad.
“We have our goals set on the larger vision for Indian cricket and this is just a game that has a bit more value added to it. But for us, every Test match over the last five years probably has been same value for us,” he added.
On Thursday, Team India announced their playing XI for the WTC final. Mohammed Siraj had to miss out as the team management went in with the more experienced pacer, Ishant Sharma.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is relatively satisfied with the fact that despite being a small nation, the Blackcaps have made it to the WTC final. After recovering from an elbow niggle, the 30-year-old is all set to lead his team in the WTC final.
“We have got a really exciting opportunity coming into the final against the best team in the world and that’s great,” said Kane Williamson.
“Real testament to the way the guys have held themselves and played for a long period of time relatively consistently, to get themselves into this position. When you are directly involved in it, there is some element of satisfaction,” he added.