International Cricket Council (ICC) officially launching the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) on Monday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli hailed the prestigious Test tournament as it promises to add context to the longest format of the game. Top nine teams including the likes of Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will battle for supremacy in a total of 71 Tests games across 27 series in a span of 24 months. Following the league pattern, the top teams from the league standings will play the final at the iconic Lord’s cricket stadium in June 2021.
Welcoming the official launch of the Test ‘World Cup’ type of a tournament, skipper Virat Kohli said that reaching the zenith in Test cricket has always been a satisfying moment for him. Kohli believes Team India has performed well in the longest format of the game as far as their recent performances are concerned. Under Kohli’s leadership, India have managed to top the ICC Test rankings and the Indian skipper is optimistic that his side will fancy their chances in the showpiece event.
“We are awaiting the ICC World Test Championship with great enthusiasm as it adds context to the longest format of the game,” Kohli said in an ICC media release. “Test cricket is very challenging and coming out on top in the traditional form is always highly satisfying. The Indian team has done really well in recent years and will be fancying its chances in the championship,” the Indian skipper across all formats added.