Following the conclusion of the World Test Championship final at The Oval, Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian cricket team, suggested a three-match Test series to determine the winner of the tournament. However, Pat Cummins, his Australian counterpart and a prominent fast bowler, dismissed the idea, stating that a single match is sufficient. Cummins used the analogy of the Olympics, where athletes have only one opportunity to win a gold medal.
It is worth noting that India suffered a humiliating defeat as Australia emerged victorious by a margin of 209 runs. Although there were moments of hope that the Indian team could stage a remarkable comeback on the fifth day, the Australian pacers completely dismantled India’s batting lineup, leading to their collapse in the morning session. Subsequently, Rohit Sharma proposed a three-match series, arguing that the team had put in significant effort over a period of two years, and therefore, evaluating their performance based on a solitary match was unfair.
During the press conference, Rohit expressed, “I would prefer a three-match series for the WTC Final. We have worked tirelessly and fought hard, but we only played one game. I believe a three-match series would be more suitable in the next WTC cycle.”
In response to Rohit’s suggestion, Cummins stated, “I think it’s acceptable. No objections. Ideally, one would prefer a 50-match series, but in the Olympics, it comes down to a single race to win a gold medal. Sports like AFL and NRL have finals. That’s the nature of sport.”