Ravi Shastri, coach of the Indian cricket team
Ravi Shastri, coach of the Indian cricket team

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.

New Zealand line-up

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

India line-up

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

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