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Ind vs Eng: Don't think much about WTC, focus on D/N Test, says Gambhir

Ahead of the third Test against England, Gautam Gambhir says that Virat Kohli-led side should focus on the pink-ball Test rather than thinking about the World Test Championships (WTC)

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Ahead of the third Test against England, former India batsman said that Virat Kohli-led side should focus on the pink-ball Test rather than thinking about the World Test Championships (WTC).

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The four-match series between India and England currently stands level at 1-1 and now both teams will lock horns in a pink-ball Test, beginning February 24 at the Motera Stadium. If India wins the ongoing series by at least a margin of 2-1, then the side would qualify for the finals of the WTC.

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"Every Test match is important, one should not keep on thinking about the World Test Championship. The team should focus on this pink-ball game. I think it would be a good Test match," Gambhir told ANI.

Earlier in the day, India batsman Rohit Sharma said that the finals of the WTC is too far ahead, and the side is just focusing on following the right process.

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"To be honest, when we are playing the game, the focus is not on the outside. We want to qualify for the WTC finals, but we still to do a lot of things right to be there. We will be very happy to qualify for the WTC finals, but there are little steps that we need to take before we reach the finals. It is too far ahead still, we have got two Tests to play before that, we will see what happens after that," said Rohit during a virtual press conference on Sunday.

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"You just have to focus on the process, you do not need to think too far ahead. If you try to stay in present, I do not think you will feel any pressure. It is a five-day game, so the focus and pressure changes every day. It is important to be in the moment and think about what you need to do on the given day to get the best out of your skillset. When you do those little things right, it adds up and you achieve what you always wanted to achieve as a team," he added.

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India had achieved an emphatic 317-run win against England in the second Test of the ongoing four-match series. As a result, the Virat Kohli-led side has also reached the second spot in WTC standings.

India and England will lock horns in a pink-ball Test at Motera Stadium, beginning February 24.

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First Published: Mon, February 22 2021. 15:24 IST