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Updated January 7th, 2024 at 09:55 IST

‘I accept it…’- R Ashwin suggests series format for WTC Final after India's consecutive losses

R Ashwin suggests converting the World Test Championship Final into a series, allowing teams a chance for comeback in close contests.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja | Image:AP
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The Indian Cricket Team recently finished their Test series against South Africa. The visitors didn't prevail against the hosts in the 1st Test at the Centurion. However, with a great comeback, they had the upper hand against South Africa in Cape Town during the 2nd Test, which Rohit Sharma’s side won by 7 wickets. India is currently 2nd on the WTC table and will look to lift the title after they lost their last two-cycle finals to New Zealand and Australia.

3 things you need to know 

  • India beat South Africa in the 2nd Test by 7 wickets 
  • India vs South Africa series ended in a tie 1-1
  • R Ashwin is nominated for the best ICC Test Player of the Year

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R Ashwin would like to have the WTC Final in a series format

The Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has suggested that the World Test Championship Final be split into a three-match series. Ashwin shared his viewpoint on his YouTube channel, pointing out that India had lost the WTC Finals two times in a row. But he thinks the losses could not truly reflect the team's ability in a game where results are determined by narrow margins.

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A three-Test series structure, according to Ashwin, would allow teams a chance to rally, particularly if they faced difficulty in the first game. By addressing the possible drawbacks of a single-match final, this proposal seeks to provide a more thorough assessment of a team's ability within the framework of the World Test Championship. Ashwin said:

“Yes, we lost two WTC finals, I accept it wholeheartedly. But in a case of Test series, a comeback is always possible,”

“We played New Zealand in England, then we played Australia in England; we lost both. But was there a chance of comeback if we played two more Test?"

“It’s just fine margins. So, should the WTC final be played as a series? Is there a window available for it? The ICC should decide that,”

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India lost to Australia in 2023 and New Zealand in 2021, respectively, in the World Test Championship Finals. India had bad luck in the 2021 rain-affected final as a result of meteorological circumstances. However, they were soundly outmatched while against Australia in 2023.

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India is currently ranked second in the WTC points standings. Australia, the reigning champions, took the top place again after beating Pakistan 3-0 in their home series. Beginning the 2023–2025 campaign with a tie in the Ashes series in England, Australia has gone on to dominate Pakistan at home. In the future, Australia will play host to India in a difficult five-match Test series in 2024.

On the other hand, the Indian team's recent matches yielded inconsistent results. In a two-match series that ended in a draw, they overcame South Africa in Cape Town after suffering a crushing loss in Centurion. Notably, the latter triumph was achieved in the shortest Test match in cricket history.

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Published January 7th, 2024 at 09:55 IST

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