Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has commented on the format of the World Test Championship (WTC) final, which should be good in three or more series. “There must be some challenges ahead of the ICC on this, but it will definitely change in the future,” he said. In an exclusive interview with News18 India, Sachin said about the WTC final between India and New Zealand in Southampton from Friday, “The format of the ICC World Test Championship final should be made so that the final is not a match, but a series.”
Sachin said, ‘Whenever you play the 50-over World Cup or the T20 Championship, you play any team once. It depends on what pool you are in. There is consistency in it and then you play the final. In that case, it is okay to play one final, but the WTC has played four matches against Australia in Australia and the same number against England and then you go to the final, where you have to play only one match. This should be the WTC Finals Series. In that case, the best of the three matches would have been OK. No matter how you play those matches, one at home, one abroad or whatever, the ICC has had to face many challenges and I think with time they will definitely find a solution. ‘
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Asked about the role that England’s weather and conditions played in the final before the World Test Championship, Tendulkar said, “Conditions play a big part in England. If the pitch is grass and the sky is cloudy, you have to be careful at the beginning. Pitch and bounce can be a problem not only for Team India but also for New Zealand.
Talking about Team India being under the dog at the World Test Championships, Sachin said, “No, it’s not. Team India has played good cricket.” If you talk about your last tour of Australia, there were about eight to ten players left out of the squad. Players were allowed to sit on the bench at the time. Some of them only came on as net bowlers with the team, but they performed brilliantly in tough conditions. This shows just how talented Team India is, so we are not weak. But it is true that we have not had a chance to play the game. The good thing with New Zealand is that they played two Tests against England before the final. At the same time, India have not had a chance to play the game.
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Commenting on Team India’s current bowling attack, Sachin said, ‘I don’t like the comparison. There is a lot of variety in the current bowling attack. Mohammed Shami bowls fast, Bumrah’s action is completely different, Ishant is a tall bowler, Umesh and Siraj are all there, all different from each other. They are all amazing bowlers in a package. Asked about adding Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in India-11, Tendulkar said, “I can’t say no to play -11 because I am sitting thousands of kilometers away. I haven’t seen a practice match. This has been shown on several occasions in the past to get out of order, they can partner, so feeding both is a good option.