Ravi Shastri
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Former Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri has shared his strong opinion on the World Test Championship Final. He stated that he believed the team was capable of winning an ICC trophy, notably the WTC final against Australia.

Shastri went into a lot of detail regarding the upcoming World Test Championship final between India and Australia, which will take place between June 7-11.

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When Team India faces Australia in the World Test Championship final later this month, the team will be looking to snap a nearly 10-year trophy drought for the ICC. Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the team to its most recent Champions Trophy victory in 2013. Since then, India has had two different captains: Virat Kohli replaced Dhoni, and Rohit Sharma took over as captain from the star batter.

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In 2014 and 2017, when they advanced to the final of the T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy, respectively, the team came the closest to winning an ICC championship. But in the shortest format, Sri Lanka easily defeated Dhoni’s team, while Pakistan easily defeated Kohli’s Indian team to win the Champions Trophy. India had advanced to the World Test Championship final in 2021 but lost against Kane Williamson and New Zealand.

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“Australia also needs to be very careful” – Ravi Shastri

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri, who was in charge of the WTC loss two years ago, feels the team has the capacity to overcome the ICC title drought, and Ravi Shastri also believes there are no clear favourites in a one-off Test – a reference to the upcoming WTC Final.

“You have to compete. Sometimes, you need a little bit of luck going your way as well. I won’t say we didn’t play good cricket. We have played very good cricket. The rub of the green hasn’t quite gone their way. I always say this team is good enough to win an ICC trophy. When I was there, I used to say the same thing… especially in the last 3-4 years, I thought the team was good enough to win an ICC trophy. Those players are still there,” Ravi Shastri said.

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“Everyone’s saying Australia are clear favorites because we are playing in England. But it’s a one-off Test, just one bad day can ruin your chances. Australia also needs to be very careful,” Ravi Shastri added.

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When India plays Australia in the World Test Championship final later this month, they will be looking to end an almost 10-year wait for an ICC title.

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