Rohit Sharma Calls for 3-Match Series for WTC Final After India's Defeat
New Delhi : India captain Rohit Sharma expressed his belief that the World Test Championship (WTC) final should be expanded to a three-match series for the upcoming 2023-25 cycle. Following India's 209-run loss to Australia at the Oval, Rohit shared his opinion on the current format, which consists of a single Test match.
India's defeat in the WTC final marked their second consecutive loss in the prestigious event, with their previous defeat against New Zealand in the inaugural edition at Lord's. After a grueling two-month-long Indian Premier League, the Indian players struggled to transition their dominance from the T20 format to the longer version of the game, ultimately surrendering the title to Australia.
In their pursuit of a challenging target of 444 runs in the fourth innings, India found themselves needing 280 runs on the final day with seven wickets in hand. However, their batting lineup collapsed, losing their last seven wickets for a mere 70 runs in the first session on Day 5, resulting in their dismissal for 234 in the second innings.
Rohit Sharma emphasized that a multi-game format for the final would be more favorable in the next WTC cycle. Speaking to reporters after the match, he expressed his disappointment with the loss, attributing it to poor bowling in the first innings. Nevertheless, he emphasized the immense effort put in by the team over the past two years, expressing pride in their accomplishments.
"While we are disappointed, we have to acknowledge the hard work we put in over the last four years to reach two finals. It's a great achievement, and we will keep our heads held high and continue fighting for the next championship," Rohit Sharma said.