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WTC final, not the biggest match for me: Virat Kohli

By Bet Barter

June 18, 2021

Indian captain Virat Kohli claims that the WTC final against New Zealand is not the biggest match of his life. The cricketer stated that the Indian cricket team would treat the mega clash against New Zealand as just another Test on their tour to England. After the WTC Final, India is going to play 5 Tests against England from August to September. After a 2-year competition among the best teams of the world, all that remains are five or possibly six days at the Hampshire Bowl to decide the maiden World Test Champions. India and NZ have proved to be the two best Test sides in the world since the start of the competition in 2019.

Virat Kohli believes the Indian cricket team will continue to give their best in Test cricket regardless of what happens in the ICC WTC final. The Indian skipper also highlighted that the Indian dressing room doesn't associate all the hype that is being ramped up around the historic encounter.

We cannot be thinking about the result in a single Test match: Virat Kohli

India and NZ will face each other in the first-ever world championship title match in the history of Test cricket. For Kohli, it will be a great chance to win his first-ever ICC title as captain of the national team. The Men in Blue will also be looking forward to finishing what has been an outstanding period of Test cricket with a title in the maiden edition of the WTC. However, Virat Kohli played down the hype that is being created. He stated that as a bunch of professional cricketers, we can not think about the result in a single Test match.

Team Indian recently announced their playing XI for the World Test Championship final. Predictably, the Asian giants are going to play both their premium spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. India's pace unit will comprise Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah. On the other end, middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari, Siraj, Umesh Yadav, and Wriddhiman Saha are some of the players to miss out on the 15-member squad which was named on Tuesday.

India XI

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah.

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