Southampton: Virat Kohli thinks that the winners of the inaugural World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand cannot determine the best Test side.
Both teams will be in action from today at the Rose Bowl in Southampton for this iconic finale of the game’s richest format. The 32-year-old believes that a one-off game would not give a definitive answer as to who was the best.
“If you’re talking about Test cricket and deciding who is the best team in the world on one game over a period of five days, that is not the reality of the truth,” he said.
“It is not going to reflect anything for people who really understand the game and who know exactly what has gone on over the last four or five years and how the teams have fared.”
“If you win this game, cricket does not stop for us. If you lose this game, cricket does not stop for us. Our processes and mindset is what matters most to us. We are striving for excellence every day,” he maintained.
It must be noted that the first-ever Test championship started after the 2019 Cricket World Cup where teams played at home and away conditions.
India and New Zealand emerged as the top two sides with the winner bags ‘The ICC Test Championship Mace’ and a purse of $1.6 million.
The runner-up collectS $800,00 and in the result of a draw, the prize money for the first and second will be split between the two sides and the Mace shared.