Virat Kohli calls for massive change after Test final controversy

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Virat Kohli (pictured) speaking following ICC Test Championship Final.
Virat Kohli (pictured) has called for a three Test ICC Championship Final in the future. (Getty Images)

Virat Kohli has called for changes to the ICC Test Championship following his team's defeat at the hand's of New Zealand in the final.

The Black Caps finally shed their bridesmaid tag by claiming the inaugural World Test Championship title with an eight-wicket victory in a thrilling final on Wednesday.

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Beaten in the finals of the last two 50-over World Cups, Kane Williamson's team became Test cricket's first official world champions after prevailing in a match plagued by bad weather before a superb climax at the Hampshire Bowl on its reserve sixth day.

Fans were thrilled for New Zealand's triumph after losing two consecutive ODI World Cup finals.

While there was no doubt the 'Black Caps' were the deserved winners after a strong performance, India were left frustrated after coming into the final with a strong Test record over the last two years.

And Kohli feels a one-off Test final to decide the ICC Test Championship isn't enough.

Kohli, twice dismissed in the final by Royal Challenge Bangalore team-mate and towering New Zealand paceman Kyle Jamieson, the player of the match following a seven-wicket haul, insisted his comments were made "not because we're not on the winning side, but with the aim of creating an "absolutely memorable" saga.

Virat Kohli (pictured left) interacts with Kane Williamson (pictured right) after  Day 6 of the ICC World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand at The Hampshire Bowl on June 23, 2021 in Southampton, England.
Virat Kohli (pictured left) interacts with Kane Williamson (pictured right) after Day 6 of the ICC World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand at The Hampshire Bowl on June 23, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

While congratulating New Zealand on their victory, star batsman Kohli added: "I think it has to happen over a period of three games minimum. It has to be a test of character over three Tests...(that) will be a good measure of how things really are."

India, who will remain in England for a five-Test series against Joe Root's men starting in August, recently won 3-1 at home to England after coming from behind to complete a stunning series win away to Australia earlier this year.

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Chasing 139 to win, New Zealand did not find it easy as Ashwin dismissed both openers to inject fresh excitement into the contest.

More drama followed as Williamson, who made 52 not out, was adjudged lbw to Ashwin early in his innings, but the Kiwi skipper immediately reviewed the decision and got it overturned.

He got another life when Jasprit Bumrah dropped a skier as New Zealand homed on on victory.

Taylor, whose 47 not out included the winning boundary, was dropped by Pujara in the slips when the batsman was on 26.

The final marked the culmination of a two-year cycle of the WTC, which was launched in 2019 to create Test cricket's pinnacle.

with AAP

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