Indian team’s loss in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand came as a shock for the fans. Skipper Virat Kohli says the team is hoping to give its fans “a lot to cheer about” in the next WTC cycle.
The International Cricket Council, on Wednesday, announced the fixtures of the World Test Championship 2021-2023 cycle. Speaking to the ICC, as stated in the press release, Virat said the final was a memorable contest.
“It was great to have played the final of the ICC World Test Championship against New Zealand in what was a memorable contest.”
“Not just the final, we saw the determination of players throughout the first edition of the championship. The following of cricket lovers too was great to see, and I am sure they will all be waiting eagerly for the second edition,” he said.
Virat Kohli added that the Indian team will regroup with new energy for the next World Test Championship cycle.
“We will regroup with new energy for the next cycle starting with our series against England, hoping to give our fans a lot to cheer about.”
It would be good to test India in our home conditions: Joe Root
India will play its first test series of the new World Test Championship cycle against England, starting from August 4. England skipper Joe Root said it will be an interesting challenge to play against the finalists of the first edition.
“We start our campaign in the second edition of the ICC World Test Championship against the finalists of last time, which is an interesting challenge straight away. India are a fine all-round side and it would be good to test them in our home conditions.”
England lost the World Test Championship final place as they lost the five-match test series against India 3-1.
“We narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final last time and are looking to do better this time. Test cricket is a format we all want to excel in and with points at stake for each match, everyone has to be at their best all the time,” Root said.