I would have doubled points for away wins: Virat Kohli on World Test Championship table
- Virat Kohli said away wins should carry more weight in World Test Championship
- The importance of every game has become that much more: Kohli
- India and South Africa will meet in the 2nd Test in Pune from October 10
India captain Virat Kohli has said World Test Championship has added a lot of context to Test matches and it is only helping in improving the standard of the longest format of the game.
Virat Kohli added that World Test Championships is a lot more demanding on players and that the only change he would want to make to the existing format is double the points for away wins.
Concerns are being raised over the lack of extra points for away wins, considering how teams have been able to dominate at home conditions over the years.
"If you had asked me to make the points table. I would have doubled the points for an away Test win. That is something that I would have definitely liked to see but maybe after the first edition," Virat Kohli said on the eve of the 2nd Test between India and South Africa in Pune.
"The importance of every game has become that much more. In situations like a 3-match series where teams would have played for a draw, teams are now go for a win and get those extra points. I think it's great for Tests.
"The matches are going to more exciting. We have to be absolutely professional in every session. It's much more demanding on players now... which is a good thing because it will keep the standard of cricket high. These are the only things we have experienced so far when it comes to the changes in Tests after WTC," Kohli added.
In the inaugural edition of the World Test Championships cycle, all series, regardless of the number of matches, will have 120 points. The number of points for each Test will be equal to 120 divided by the total number of matches in the series.
The top nine-ranked Test nations - Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies - are part of the 1st World Test Championship.
As Kohli points out, every Test now comes with added importance. However, teams playing shorter series (2-match or 3-match) will have an advantage of sealing more points whereas teams playing a 4-match or 5-match series have to work that much harder.
If the match is a draw, both the teams will get only one-third of the points available for the match, thus incentivising teams to go for an outright result rather than trying to secure a draw.
India are on top of the World Test Championships table with 160 points after a 2-0 whitewash of West Indies in West Indies and the 203-run win over South Africa in the 1st Test of the ongoing 3-match series.
Points Distribution of World Test Championship explained:
|Matches in Series||Points for Win||Points for a Tie||Points for a Draw||Points for a Loss|