WTC Final: Team India is all geared up to face New Zealand in the high-voltage inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final scheduled to begin from 18 June in Southampton. India captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri held a virtual press conference just before leaving to the UK for a pretty long English summer ahead. However, the biggest highlight was the serious interaction between Kohli and Shastri about their strategies for the big final, which incidentally went on air before the start of the press conference.
During the entire press conference, the one particular moment that drew the attention of the fans was when both Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri didn’t have the idea that they were actually live while discussing their game plan for the WTC Final against New Zealand. The leaked conversation between the duo went viral on the social in no time and the fans have gone crazy while speculating India’s possible bowling combination.
In the leaked audio clipping, Virat Kohli can be heard saying, “hum inko round the wicket dalwayenge, Left handers hai inpe, Lala Siraj sabko start se hi laga denge.”
According to this conversation, captain Virat Kohli has almost dropped a big hint that both Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami (Lala) will be part of the India playing 11 for the WTC final against the Blackcaps. However, it will be interesting to see who gets the final nod for the important clash against New Zealand starting from 18th June.
“We have worked hard for finals and nobody can take that away from us! There was no doubt we were gonna be featuring in the WTC Final. It’s like football, we gotta keep our standards high,” said Virat Kohli during the press conference.
Both Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri were asked a number of questions by the journalists during the virtual media conference on Wednesday. However, one of the journalists asked Virat about his transformation as a cricketer since the last tour to England in 2014. While the Indian captain came up with a normal response, it was head coach Ravi Shastri who put things straight by saying, “The Kohli of 2021 is slimmer and fitter and only has five and half thousand more runs.”
“If in 2014, you would have told me that in 2021 I’m going to play the WTC final, I would have had a tough time believing that. I have stopped looking at series as ultimate tasks or goals. It’s about leading the team in the right way,” said Kohli on the same question.
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