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World Test Championship represents Indian cricket’s finest hour

Almost 144 years after the first-ever cricket test match was played in Australia, in a few hours the inaugural World Test Championship between India and New Zealand will begin. Regardless of the outcome, this is Indian cricket’s finest hour.

To put the WTC in perspective, consider the path to the final. The WTC began in August 2019 to provide a larger context to contests between two countries. Therefore, the WTC cycle encompassed nine teams competing in 71 test matches over 27 bilateral series over a two-year period. At the end of the cycle, the two top teams in terms of points were to play the final.

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India topped the table in terms of points.

Why does this make it Indian cricket’s finest hour? Test cricket is unique among sports. It’s played over five days with 15 sessions if the match goes the full distance. The duration limits the element of luck in the outcome because comebacks are possible. Skill takes precedence over a stroke of luck in the final outcome.

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It’s in this backdrop, India topped the table over a two-year cycle, itself unique in contemporary sports. This is what really counts. If it took five decades for Indian cricket to announce itself through the 1983 limited overs World Cup victory, the WTC cycle has showcased the scarcely noticed depth and character in contemporary Indian cricket. That should be what fans need to keep in mind. It’s been an unforgettable two-year run.



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