India have had a strong start in the 2021-23 World Test Championship (WTC) with a series lead in England, followed by a bright beginning in the home series against the Kiwis. They were the dominant force in the inaugural edition of the WTC but were unlucky not to get over the line in a rain-affected final at Southampton. Surely, this Test team under Virat Kohli would be eyeing yet another final in the competition.
So what are the things they’d have to overcome to achieve this feat? Let’s find out.
BEAT THE NUMBER ONE TEST TEAM
India have New Zealand on their shores for a short two-Test match series. The scars from the final of the WTC would be fresh in Team India’s minds and they’d surely want to show who the boss is in conditions that are favourable for the home side. New Zealand always seem prepared for a tough series abroad and this time it won’t be any different. It’ll be a good contest between two evenly-matched sides in docile conditions.
WIN A SERIES IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR THE FIRST TIME
India started touring South Africa in 1992 and since then they have had seven tours of the Protea land and have failed to win even a single series. They managed to get a draw in the 2010/11 season but the rest have resulted in defeats. The last time India toured South Africa, we witnessed some cracking cricket on display. Had the team had more practice time in the country, they surely would have been better prepared for that crucial series. They would now tour South Africa at the year-end and with the home side in transition, the Indian team would be backing themselves to win the series in South Africa for the first time.
BE DOMINANT IN ASIAN CONDITIONS
India’s 2021-23 World Test Championship cycle includes two home series against Sri Lanka and Australia and a series in familiar conditions in Bangladesh. Undoubtedly, India would start favourites in these three key series and it could decide their qualification scenario for the final of the 2021-23 World Test Championship.
GET OVER THE LINE IN ENGLAND
In what would be the longest series in the history of cricket, India are supposed to tour England for a white ball series in 2022 and that’s when they will play the fifth Test of the 2021 series. We live in a bizarre world where the teams would have to wait almost a year to complete the series. Currently, India lead the five-match series 2-1 and would be hoping to get the job done in the final Test and win a series on English soil for the first time since 2007.
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