Ajinkya Rahane Echoes Pacer Ishant Sharma On Winning World Test Championship Is Similar To Winning The World Cup

Ajinkya Rahane Echoes Pacer Ishant Sharma On Winning World Test Championship Is Similar To Winning The World Cup

Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Ajinkya Rahane, India’s Test vice-captain echoed pacer Ishant Sharma’s emotions and said on the same lines that winning the World Test Championship (WTC) would be similar to winning the World Cup.

India currently has gained a 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-match Test series against England and if the hosts manage to win or draw the final Test, they would secure their berth in the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) against already qualified New Zealand.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane of India. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Ajinkya Rahane:  Ishant Sharma Was Spot On As Winning The Inaugural WTC Is Like Winning World Cup

Ishant Sharma said since he plays Tests only, winning the inaugural World Test Championship is like winning World Cup. The Delhi pacer bagged his 300th Test scalp in the second innings of the first Test between India and England at Chennai. Having entered the 300-wicket club, Ishant Sharma has now joined an elite list.

“Absolutely, Ishant was spot on in what he said. Winning the WTC is equal to winning the World Cup. We are all focusing on that, having said that, the focus right now is to play the fourth Test against England. Ishant was completely right,” said Ajinkya Rahane while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

Ishant Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane.
Ishant Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images)

In the ongoing series against England, Ajinkya Rahane has managed to score just 85 runs and his highest score of 67 came in the second Test at Chepauk. India had managed to defeat England by ten wickets within two days in the 3rd pink-ball Test. The match saw batsmen from both India and England failing to shine and getting out to balls that did not turn and skidded through from the spinners. He averages only 17 which drew criticism from fans.

“When you play on spinning tracks, you have to play the line and you know that. In India, we haven’t played so many games in the last two-three years. When you play on that spinning and seaming wickets, it’s all about playing the line, when the ball is spinning too much, you do not have to think about it, you just have to play the line, if you miss the ball, you miss the ball. Backing your defense and ability on seaming and spinning wicket is something we follow,” said Ajinkya Rahane.

Playing his 98th Test for India, Ishant Sharma bagged three more scalps in the second innings to breach the 300-wicket mark.  He played his 100th Test at Ahmedabad where spinners dominated.

Ishant Sharma: World Test Championship Is Like A World Cup For Featuring In Only Test Format

Earlier, pacer Ishant Sharma had said that the WTC is like a World Cup for him and if India goes on to win the Test championship, then it would be a similar feeling to winning the World Cup.

“I am just focused on how to win this series and qualify for the finals of the WTC. I just play one format, WTC is like a World Cup for me, if we play the finals and then we go on to win, the feeling would be the same as winning the World Cup or the Champions Trophy,” said Ishant during a virtual press conference ahead of the third Test against England.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma of India. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The ICC World Test Championship was introduced by the International Cricket Council in a bid to add more competitive advantage to Tests, amid the fading interests of fans in it. With the first-ever ICC WTC final set to be played later this year, for players like Ishant Sharma who only play one format for the national team, it would be not less than winning the ICC World Cup. The veteran speedster missed the entire tour of Australia due to an injury.