The ICC World Test Championship final is fast approaching. While New Zealand are preparing by fighting it out against England in a Test series, India are already at Southampton, the venue for the summit clash and playing an intra-squad match to get used to the English conditions. Prior to the key battle, India pacer Mohammed Shami has looked back at the team’s journey to the titular match and identified their come from behind win in Australia as a big moment for Indian cricket.
Shami heaped praises on the Indian youngsters and the bench strength which showed its might Down Under, helping India register a remarkable win in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21.
“Obviously, senior players were missing in the Australia series but what our young players have achieved in this Championship is commendable,” he said in a BCCI interview.
Journey to WTC final has been an emotional one: Ishant Sharma
Meanwhile, Indian speedster Ishant Sharma called the journey to the ICC World Test Championship final an emotional one. He said that it holds the same importance as a World Cup final especially for players like him who are presently playing only one format. Sharma highlighted how the COVID-19 crisis and the change in rules also impacted their journey to the summit clash against New Zealand.
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Conditions are king in England: R Ashwin
In addition, Veteran India spinner R Ashwin said that for a long time cricketers wanted some context to Test cricket which has been fulfilled by the ICC World Test Championship. Ashwin termed Test cricket as the ultimate form of the game and said that he is looking forward to taking on New Zealand in English conditions which he summed by saying “Conditions are the king.”