The final of the World Test Championship (WTC) between India and New Zealand entered the fifth day, without the first two innings being completed. With only a spare day, which will come on Wednesday, the match, which is difficult to wash in two days and bad light during the other two days, as well as a delay in the rain at the beginning of the fifth day, will end in a draw, leading to the trophy. shares.
The draw and the shared trophy could be tough for India, whose run to the WTC final involves more series victories away from home than New Zealand, who have not won a single series abroad but all at home.
India has won two of its three away games – by the way, their 2-0 away win was in New Zealand in 2020. The Kiwis, on the other hand, withdrew one away game in Sri Lanka and suffered a crushing 3-0 loss to Australia. a country where India won 2-1 just a few months ago.
Asked whether the Indian Cricket Control Board (BCCI) or other councils should have been proactive in planning the final, former board president Shivlal Yadav told IANS: “This was planned in advance by the International Cricket Council (ICC). You have the Covid-19 pandemic, which has made planning or rescheduling difficult. But what I would like to see would be the best of the three finals for which BCCI, perhaps, could be argued. But where is the moment? You also have IPL which BCCI wants to host. “
The proposal of the former Indian cricketer Yadav to have the best of the three finals was initially pointed out by the coach of India Ravi Shastri, who in his interaction with the media before leaving mentioned this option as a favorite.
However, former BCCI Vice President Niranjan Shah refused to accuse the administrators of the ICC or the BCCI of failing to protest or propose, saying: “Equality is also a result. You cannot help him when it comes to time. I would say that equality it’s also a result and I don’t think sharing a trophy is bad. Both teams deserve to be winners. “
Although the views of the former administrators seem more sympathetic, the former cricketers accuse the ICC of not determining a winner in the event of a tie.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has expressed his displeasure, saying the ICC must find a formula for choosing a winner in the future.
“There has to be a formula for choosing a winner in the event of a World Cup final draw. The ICC Cricket Commission has to think and then make a decision,” he told a new TV channel.
“It looks like the WTC final will end in a draw and the trophy will be shared,” he added.
Other former cricketers such as VVS Laxman, Kevin Pietersen and Shane Bond have already expressed their disappointment at losing a game in the final, which must be decided by the best team in the world.
Here’s a look at where India puts New Zealand in the league phase and may have lifted the trophy even in the event of a draw:
1) They have a winning rate of 70.6, having won 12 of the 17 tests they have played. New Zealand has a 63.6 victory rate after winning 7 of the 11 games played.
2) India won two of the three overseas series it played, defeating Australia in Australia and the West Indies in the West Indies. However, their only loss came in the series in New Zealand. However, the Kiwis failed to win even one of their two overseas series. They drew in Sri Lanka, but remained white in Australia.