Indian captain Virat Kohli, on the eve of the third Test against England, said that the Indian team is looking to win both the remaining Test matches and not thinking about the World Test Championship qualification.
In order to qualify for the final of the ICC World Test Championship, India cannot afford to lose any more Test matches. They need to win one of the remaining two Tests, while draw one to face New Zealand at Lord’s on June 18. For England to qualify, they need to win both the remaining Test matches and win the Test series 3-1.
Want To Win Both The Matches And Not Think About The WTC Points Table: Virat Kohli
In a virtual press conference ahead of the third Test match against England, which will be a day-night affair, to be played at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad, Virat Kohli cleared that the team is not thinking about the WTC points table going into the important match. Kohli said the hosts’ focus is “solely” on the two Tests and the side is not contemplating anything else.
“You can’t play for those kinds of reasons. We are not looking to win one and draw one, we are looking to win both Tests. For us these are two games of cricket and we are solely focused on. What it does afterward is a conversation for later,” said Kohli.
“In the present moment we are preparing for tomorrow, we are ready for the grand five days wanting to win a Test match for India then move on to the next one,” he further said.
The WTC table was revised as per the changed point system and now has teams ranked based on the percentage of points earned from the series played. This was done by the ICC due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, the India skipper had expressed disappointment with the logic behind the change in the rating system of WTC. And Kohli for now wants to focus on the two Tests against England.