Team India opener Rohit Sharma said that though playing in the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) will be great, the Indian team is not looking that far ahead and they need to do many things right to reach there.
Rohit was speaking during a virtual press conference ahead of the third Test, a day-night affair, against England, starting in Motera, Ahmedabad on Wednesday, February 24 onwards. However, he also touched on the topic of the possibility of India playing in the ICC World Test Championship in England in June.
New Zealand has already qualified for the final, which will be played at Lord’s ground from June 18 onwards. India needs to win the ongoing Test series against England to make it into the finals and set up a date with Kane Williamson’s men.
We Want To Be There In The (WTC) Final, Says Rohit Sharma
Talking about the opportunity to play in the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final, Rohit seemed excited at the prospect but said the team is not thinking ahead of themselves as they still need to win this upcoming Test match and then either win or draw the 4th Test against England.
“Yes, of course, we want to qualify, we want to be there in the (WTC) final but we still need to do a lot of things right to get there. When we are playing, the focus is only on what we need to do to win the game. There are little steps which we need to take before we reach the final. It’s too far ahead still. It’s very important to stay in the moment. It is important to stay in the present and focus on the job at hand,” said Rohit.
This will be the first-ever day-night Test between India and England and the first international match to be played at the new Sardar Patel stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad. It is the world’s largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 1,10,000 people and will see close to 50% capacity filled for this most expected match of this series.
The four-Test series between India and England is currently tied at 1-1.