Kane Williamson’s New Zealand outclassed Virat Kohli’s India to bag the inaugural World Test Championship. But does winning a match justify the title of Test Champions. Yes, it happens in limited-overs format but in Tests, when a tournament has been played over a period of two years, winning a game and being crowned as Champions is slightly unfair to the other team. That’s not us but several experts believe such and called for the best of three finals for the next WTC cycle. India skipper Virat Kohli too voiced his opinion in favour of a multi-match WTC final.
However, one man that does not agree with the same is former England skipper Michael Vaughan. Taking a slight dig at Virat Kohli, Michael Vaughan said that there is not enough space in the international calendar to fit in a series of WTC finals. He further questioned Kohli if the IPL can be cut short to accommodate the three finals. Vaughan said that one off final is the right way to go as the teams only have one opportunity to deliver.
“Where in the schedule would it fit in ?? Are the IPL going to reduce the year of the final tournament by 2 weeks so it could fit in ? Doubt it ..: Finals are one off games where teams/individuals know they have to deliver … that’s what makes them so great,” tweeted Vaughan
The winning skipper Kane Williamson was also asked the same question. The New Zealander had a mixed view and said that one-off final provides a unique dynamic but added that including more matches would make it better.
Former Australian spinner Bradd Hogg also backed Vaughan’s comments and said the one-off final is the ultimate test as there are no reprieves and teams have to be at their best to be crowned champions.
“Agree with @MichaelVaughan Does not get any tougher than one chance. That is the ultimate test. #ICCWTCFinal”
The International Cricket Council had earlier made it clear that adding more matches to the WTC final is not possible as it would mean blocking a month of international cricket for just two teams.
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