Ajinkya Rahane: Ishant was correct, winning WTC would be like winning the World Cup


On Tuesday, Vice-captain of India, Ajinkya Rahane echoed Ishant Sharma’s emotions and said winning the World Test Championship (WTC) would be like winning the World Cup. Currently India have 2-1 lead in the ongoing test series against England.

On Tuesday, Rahane said while responding to an ANI query during a virtual press conference, “Absolutely, Ishant was spot on in what he said. Winning the WTC is equal to winning the World Cup. We are all focusing on that, having said that, the focus right now is to play the fourth Test Against England. Ishant was completely right.”

In the ongoing series against England, Rahane has figure out how to score only 85 runs and his most elevated score of 67 came in the second Test at Chepauk. India had figured out how to crush England by ten wickets inside two days in the pink-ball Test. The match saw the two India and England batsmen failed to shine and getting out to balls that didn’t divert and slipped through from the spinners.

Rahane said, “When you play on spinning tracks, you have to play the line and you know that. In India, we haven’t played so many games in the last two-three years. When you play on those spinning and seaming wickets, it’s all about playing the line, when the ball is spinning too much, you do not have to think about it, you just have to play the line, if you miss the ball, you miss the ball. Backing your defence and ability on seaming and spinning wicket is something we follow.”

Pacer Ishant Sharma earlier had said that the WTC is like World Cup for him if India wins the WTC.

“I am just focused on how to win this series and qualify for the finals of the WTC, I just play one format, WTC is like a World Cup for me, if we win the finals, the feeling would be the same as winning the World Cup or the Champions Trophy,” said Ishant during a virtual press conference.