Mumbai: Indian head coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday said the World Test Championship (WTC) final should be a best-of-three affair in the long run and not a one-off match like his side is set to play against New Zealand in the inaugural edition.
India leave for the UK in the wee hours of Thursday to play the WTC final against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18 and five Tests against England starting August 4.
"I think ideally, in the long run, if they want to pursue with this Test Championship, best of three final would be ideal. A three-match series as a culmination of two-and-a-half years of cricket," Shastri said in the pre-departure press conference.
"But they need to finish off the Future Tours Programme (FTP) and then start all over again. So one-off is one-off, guys have earned their stripes, and this is not a team that is suddenly blossomed overnight."
India fly to the UK after a 14-day quarantine while New Zealand are already getting valuable practice with the two-Test series underway against England.
Shastri said the WTC final is a massive game.
"See, it is the first time that you have a Test Championship final. When you look at the magnitude of the game that's going to be played, I think this is the biggest, if not the biggest ever, because it's the toughest form of the game.
"It's a format that tests you. It's not happened over three days or three months, it's happened over two years, where teams have played each other around the world, and earned their stripes to play the finals so it's one heck of an event."