Team India lost the 3-Test series against South Africa by 1-2. With this, the Indian team has slipped to the fifth place in the points table of the ICC World Test Championship. India has a total of 53 points, which is more than all the four teams above it. However, the position in the table is decided by the percentage points. India is at the fifth position with 49.07% points. Despite being in this position, the Indian team is still a strong contender to reach the finals. Let’s understand how…
Series from Sri Lanka and Australia at home
Every team has to play 6 series in this cycle of WTC. 3 in the house and 3 outside. India have won 3 out of 7 matches of the two series outside. 3 were lost and 1 test was drawn. One match of the away series against England was postponed. That Test is to be played this year. Apart from that match, India has to play all the other matches in favorable conditions for itself. In March, the two-Test series against Sri Lanka will be held at home. Then in October-November 4 Test matches against Australia will also be held at home. Two test matches against Bangladesh are to be played in Bangladesh.
Team India is almost unbeatable at home
India have won 9 out of the last 11 Tests at home against Australia. 1 match was drawn and only 1 was lost. India has not lost a single test match against Sri Lanka till date at home. The Indian team has never had to face defeat in a Test at home against Bangladesh. That is, in these three series, the Indian team will be a very strong contender for victory. It is possible that India will win all these 8 matches. India’s claim cannot be dismissed even in the 1st Test match to be played in England. India had recently won two out of 4 matches there, lost 1 and drew 1 match.
The teams which are up now, at least two of them are set to come down.
Sri Lanka, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa are currently above India in the WTC points table. Australia has to tour both Pakistan and Sri Lanka. If the Australian team wins both these rounds, then Pakistan and Sri Lanka will move down the table. If Pakistan team beats Australia then Australia is sure to come down. Apart from India, Sri Lanka has to tour New Zealand and Bangladesh. Sri Lanka can win in Bangladesh, but in India and New Zealand, its hope is very less.
Tough road ahead for South Africa
South Africa are currently in fourth place but their road ahead is very difficult. South Africa has to tour New Zealand, England and Australia in this WTC cycle. However, his next two home series are going to be easy. He has to face Bangladesh and West Indies.
On what basis do you get points?
12 points are awarded for winning a match. In case of a draw, both the teams get four points each. In case of a tie, both the teams get six points each. At the same time, the ranking of the points table is decided on the basis of the percentage of points scored by a team in each match.