Underlining the significance of the World Test Championship Final, India head coach Ravi Shastri on Saturday said that the World Test Championship (WTC) is the "big daddy of all World Cups".
Shastri, who was the part of the 1983 World Cup and commentated on multiple marquee cricketing events, rates the WTC notches above anything else.
"It's the "big daddy of all World Cups". I've played the 1983 World Cup, commentated on a few of them but this one is the biggest of them all. It's the toughest format, biggest format and the job satisfaction is maximum," he said ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand in Southampton.
Shastri also said that the Indian team was never interested in changing their playing XI despite rain playing spoilsport on the opening day. The team management decided to stick with Ashwin-Jadeja spin-combination.
"Unless you would have had another washout today and the game had been reduced to a 2-3 day game, but otherwise with the kind of attack we have, we take the pitch out of the equation. On a day like this, it helps the fast bowlers get help, but when the sun comes out the spinners would come into play," said Shastri.
Tom Latham - Wicketkeeper batter
Devon Conway - Top order batter
Kane Williamson (c) - Top order batter
Ross Taylor - Middle order batter
Henry Nicholls - Top order batter
BJ Watling † - Wicketkeeper batter
Colin de Grandhomme - Allrounder
Tim Southee – Medium pace bowler
Kyle Jamieson – Fast Medium pace bowler
Neil Wagner – Fast bowler
Trent Boult – Fast bowler
Rohit Sharma - Top order batter
Shubman Gill - Opening batter
Cheteshwar Pujara - Top order batter
Virat Kohli (c) - Top order batter
Ajinkya Rahane - Top order batter
Rishabh Pant † Wicketkeeper batter
Ravindra Jadeja – Spin bowling allrounder
Ravichandran Ashwin – Spin bowling allrounder
Ishant Sharma - medium fast bowler
Mohammed Shami – Medium fast bowler
Jasprit Bumrah - Fast bowler