West Indies won the first 50-over World Cup, India won their first 50-over World Cup in 1983, India was the team which won the inaugural T20 World Cup! Yes, we always remember the firsts in life. Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has pointed out the same thing.
The same is the reason why winning the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) will be a “big deal” according to the cricketer-turned-commentator. The stage is all set, the final will begin from June 18 versus New Zealand in Southampton.
The 36-year-old has added that the championship win would be a big feather in captain Virat Kohli’s cap. The 32-year-old swashbuckling batsman has numerous records to his name but is yet to win an ICC trophy as a captain.
“This is the ultimate format of cricket and everyone wants to become a Test player and now there’s a World Cup of Test Championship,” Parthiv Patel told Star Sports.
“Now there is a chance for Virat Kohli – who has been eluded from the ICC trophy. He has led India in a couple of ICC tournaments, but this is big, winning the Test championship would be a big feather in his cap.
“It is a big deal. Everyone remembers the first person to get to any sort of landmark and that’s what makes it special. So, to be involved and particularly in the middle when the rules changed, the percentages came into play when India was way ahead at one point, they still had to get the job done. Both teams will be up for it and both teams will be very excited to be a part of it,” he added.