Virat Kohli never demanded 3 Tests for the World Test Championship final, says Ravichandran Ashwin

A lot of experts believe there should be a change in WTC format.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Virat Kohli’s men had no answers to a determined New Zealand who defeat India to become the inaugural Test champions. The final was marred by rain but New Zealand pressed the pedal on the final day and grabbed the Test mace in the most dramatic way. The Kiwi bowlers dismantled the Indian batting in the third innings before veterans Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped them sail through a victory by 8 wickets. While many hailed ICC’s concept of the WTC, some felt that the Test Champion should be decided in the best of three finals. Indian skipper too voiced in the same tone. Soon, several media outlets started claiming that Virat Kohli demanded best of three finals for WTC.

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However, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has busted the rumours.  Ashwin revealed that it was only after Michael Atherton asked Kohli about possible changes in the WTC that the Indian skipper said three Test matches can be played to decide the winner where a team can adapt and come back from different situations. Ashwin emphasised that Kohli never demanded anything.

“I happened to hear people saying that Virat Kohli asked for three Tests to be played for the WTC Final but it is ridiculous. After the match got over, Michael Atherton had asked what could be done differently in the WTC. Virat replied in a particular context that if three matches are played, then adaptability and come back for a team are possible. Kohli did not demand anything,” said Ashwin on his YouTube channel.

India next play England in a five-Test series that gets underway on August 4. A win in the series will be a massive achievement for Kohli’s men given the fact that India have not won a series in the country since 2007.

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