Virat Kohli plays down importance of India v New Zealand World Test final

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It was not quite Gerald Ratner talking jewellery or Colin Graves discussing the T20 Blast but you could almost sense the organisers wincing when Virat Kohli downplayed the significance of the inaugural World Test Championship final that begins on Friday.

Speaking 24 hours out from the game in Southampton, in which India take on New Zealand after a two-year cycle that was nearly derailed by the pandemic, Kohli was asked whether this was the biggest Test match of a career already assured of its place in history.

“No, for me this is another Test match that has to be played,” Kohli replied. “I think these things are very exciting from the outside, where there is so much importance and so much extra stuff attached to one game. It sort of becomes do or die.

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Written by Ali Martin
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jun/17/virat-kohli-plays-down-importance-of-india-v-new-zealand-world-test-final under the title “Virat Kohli plays down importance of India v New Zealand World Test final”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.