India have been dominant within the longest format of the sport for the reason that announcement of the ICC Test Championship. They have managed to safe victories in each Test collection that they’ve performed in for the reason that 2019 Cricket World Cup. India began the Test championship run with a 2-zero win over the West Indies, earlier than outplaying South Africa and Bangladesh 3-zero and a couple of-zero respectively at residence. They are main the desk with 360 factors from the primary seven Tests and are on target for a finals spot within the inaugural Championship.
India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara believes that winning the ICC Test Championship will probably be a a lot bigger achievement than claiming an ODI or T20 World Cup title.
“… when you become Test champions, I would say it is more than winning an ODI or a T20 World Cup. The reason is, this format is the ultimate format,” Pujara, who final performed a restricted-overs match for India in 2014, mentioned in the course of the newest episode of ‘Inspiration’ on India Today.
“If you ask any great cricket player from the past, even the present cricketers, they would say that Test cricket is the most challenging format of this game. And when you become world champion of Test cricket, there is nothing like it.”
India had began the ICC World Test Championships with a 2-zero win over the West Indies, earlier than blanking South Africa and Bangladesh 3-zero and a couple of-zero respectively at residence. Virat Kohli’s males will now tackle New Zealand in a two-match Test collection starting on February 21 in Wellington.
“Most of the teams have done well in their home conditions but when they go away, they are always challenged. Especially about the Indian team, we have managed to do well overseas. We have now started winning series overseas,” mentioned the 32-year-outdated proper-handed batsman.
“So, that is the biggest advantage this Indian team has now. Talking about the Test championship, any team who gets into the final, they have to work really hard for over a period of two years and they have to win not just at home but also they have to start winning away from home.” Pujara additionally hailed ICC’s determination to introduce World Test Championship, saying it has made the standard format of the sport extra aggressive.
“To sustain Test cricket, ICC had to come up with something and all the cricket playing nations have to think about Test cricket. To sustain Test cricket, I think this is one of the best platforms players can ask for. And there is something to play for in each and every Test match. You won’t see many draws now,” he mentioned.
“So going forward, most of the Test matches will produce results. At the same time, even the opposition side, if they manage to play a draw, they will still get some points. Overall I think we’ll see a lot of competitive cricket at Test level. But going forward, I think we still have to do a few more things for the Test format to survive.”
Talking about criticisms directed in opposition to him, Pujara mentioned: “Fortunately my family is very positive and not many things affect me. I do understand when they pass any opinion. “I respect it if it is a critical part of my game. Sometimes if you take critics positively, you learn many things, so I never take criticism in a negative way, it gives me a positive vibe, which allows me to work on my game.”
(with PTI inputs)