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Kohli on the importance of World Test Championship

August 20, 2019 16:21 IST

'There will hardly be any boring draws, there will be exciting draws, because everyone will want those extra points.'

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Excited about playing in the inaugural World Test Championship, India captain Virat Kohli says the competition in the traditional format has "gone up two-fold" in recent years.

The inaugural edition will see the elite nations -- Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies -- fight for top honours across 71 Test matches in 27 series over the next two years.

 

According to India's batting mainstay, Test cricket is set to become more competitive.

"The games are going to be much more competitive and it brings a lot of purpose to the Test matches you play. It's the right move and at the absolute right time," he said during the West Indies Players Association awards night in Antigua on Monday.

"People have been talking about Test cricket not being relevant or dying down. For me, the competition has gone up two-fold the last couple of years."

"It's up to the players to take the challenge and go for victories."

The World Test Championship will end with the top two teams playing the final, scheduled to be held in June 2021 in the United Kingdom.

On the championship, Kohli added, "That's going to be the essence of this Test championship as well. There will hardly be any boring draws, there will be exciting draws, because everyone will want those extra points."

India and West Indies begin their campaigns in the World Test Championship on Thursday. Kohli, whose side are also hoping to hold on to their No.1 spot on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, wants consistency from his men.

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