Sunil Gavaskar on the WTC Final: “It appears that it will end in a draw.”


After rain disrupted Day 4 yet again, Sunil Gavaskar believes the inaugural World Test Championship Final would conclude in a draw. India and New Zealand will split the title, according to the renowned batter.

Due to rain, the first session of Day 4 has already been canceled. The weather forecast predicts continuous rain throughout the day, so things are unlikely to improve.

With only two days of cricketing activity left, Sunil Gavaskar revealed to Aaj Tak from Southampton that the WTC Final is likely to conclude in a draw.

“It looks like the World Test Championship Final will end in a draw and the trophy would be shared. It would be the first time that a trophy has been shared in the final. There are penalty shootouts in football or other criteria to decide a winner. In tennis, there are five sets and then a tiebreaker to get a winner. In Tests, we can only have a draw in such instances, and there is a high probability of a draw here as well,” Sunil Gavaskar claimed.

Although Day 4 hasn’t been totally washed out, it’s widely assumed that the day’s play will be canceled sooner rather than later. Sunil Gavaskar provided a grim weather update from Southampton as the rain continued to fall.

“Everyone around here is saying that there is no chance of play today. It means only two days are left. To complete three innings in two days would be really difficult. Yes, if both teams bat really badly, the three innings could be completed,” Sunil Gavaskar suggested.

“There should have been some way to decide a winner” – Sunil Gavaskar

With three innings remaining, a draw appears to be the most likely outcome in Southampton. According to the rules, India and New Zealand will share the trophy in that case, but Sunil Gavaskar believes the ICC should have settled criteria to choose a single champion before the competition began.

“There should have been some way to decide a winner. In the 2019 World Cup, we saw the team that hit the most boundaries lift the trophy. Due to the pandemic, the table was decided based on percentage points rather than outright points. The goalpost kept shifting throughout the World Test Championship, which wasn’t fair for any team. They should have considered all things and developed a criteria to decide a winner,” Sunil Gavaskar signed off.

The choice to hold the WTC Final in England has drawn much condemnation, with the ICC being chastised for the event’s poor organization.

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