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 games against England starting August 4.
“I think ideally, in the long run, if they want to pursue this Test championship, a 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 Program (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 has suddenly blossomed overnight.”
India fly to the UK after a 14-day quarantine while New Zealand are already getting valuable practice with the two-match 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.”