Gautam Gambhir feels that the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final, although interesting, isn’t as important as the 50-over World Cup. He added that the WTC is being ‘hyped’ and its comparison with the World Cup is an ‘exaggeration’.
Many red-ball specialists, including India‘s Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ishant Sharma, have said that WTC Final is like a World Cup for them. But, Gambhir suggested that players who play all formats might not feel the same.
“It’s the inaugural World Test Championship, you’ll surely want to win it, both teams will want to win it but to compare it with the World Cup is a bit exaggerated,” the former Indian batsman said during an interaction with AajTak.
“Perhaps it’s more exaggerated for those players who only play red-ball cricket. Those who play all formats might not consider it that important because they know it’ll come again soon. So, if it’s coming every other year, I don’t think it should be hyped or inflated too much,” he added.
Since the World Cup is played every four years, Gambhir feels that the 50-over marquee event attains its importance because every team goes through a lot of changes between two editions. He also highlighted the emotional aspects of the World Cup.
“Whichever team plays well will surely win. But you can’t compare the World Test Championship to the World Cup because the latter comes every four years whereas the World Test Championship will be played every other year,” he stated.
“We consider the World Cup that important because a lot of things change in four years. Those who played [in one] World Cup, can they maintain themselves at that level of performance after four years?” he added.
“Will they play or not, you never know, so it attains that importance. You must have seen that when teams are knocked out of a World Cup, a lot of people get very emotional,” he concluded.
Talking about the inaugural WTC Final, India will take on New Zealand in the marquee clash at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The match will commence at 3:30 pm IST on Friday, June 18.