Team India are all set to take on England in the third Test which will be played at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad from February 24. It will be a Day-Night Test between them. A win is important for both teams to make it to the final of the World Test Championship (WTC). But, prior to the third Test, former India batsman Gautam Gambhir has said that Team India should focus on the pink-ball Test rather than focusing on the World Test Championships.
It is also noteworthy that, New Zealand have already qualified for the final after Australia cancelled their tour of South Africa. So, the WTC final will be on the mind of the team management of both teams as well.
“Every Test match is important, one should not keep on thinking about the World Test Championship. The team should focus on this pink-ball game. I think it would be a good Test match,” Gautam Gambhir said to ANI.
The four-match Test series between India and England is currently at 1-1. If India manages to win the ongoing series by a margin of 2-1, then the team would qualify for the finals of the inaugural tournament. Team India bounced back well and won by a huge margin of 317 runs against England in the second Test after lost the first one.
Meanwhile, Team India opener Rohit Sharma has said that the final of the tournament is far away, and they are focusing on following the right process.
“To be honest, when we are playing the game, the focus is not on the outside. We want to qualify for the WTC finals, but we still to do a lot of things right to be there. We will be very happy to qualify for the WTC finals, but there are little steps that we need to take before we reach the finals. It is too far ahead still, we have got two Tests to play before that, we will see what happens after that,” said Rohit during a virtual press conference.
“You just have to focus on the process, you do not need to think too far ahead. If you try to stay in present, I do not think you will feel any pressure. It is a five-day game, so the focus and pressure changes every day. It is important to be in the moment and think about what you need to do on the given day to get the best out of your skillset. When you do those little things right, it adds up and you achieve what you always wanted to achieve as a team,” he concluded.
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