Team India got off to a great start in the second round of the ICC World Test Championship. After losing to New Zealand in the opening final, the Virat Kohli-led team made a strong comeback and stumped Joe Root’s England last year. Kovid’s outburst in the visitors’ camp gave India an unbeaten 2-1 lead before rescheduling the final Test.
Everything was unclear until two consecutive defeats in South Africa earlier this year. Six months later, they faced the revived England team in Birmingham and despite dominating the game for the first three days, India lost the match by 7 wickets.
Three consecutive defeats abroad have already paved India’s way to the WTC-II final. Adding to their troubles, they were fined 40 percent of their match fees and fined two points for maintaining a slow over-rate. As a result, Team India has slipped below arch-rivals Pakistan at the WTC points table.
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Before the final next year, India will play 6 Tests – 2 against Bangladesh and 4 against Australia at home. They may have slipped to fourth place but still, they have a chance to rise and shine.
How can India still qualify for WTC final?
- Team India wants to win their remaining six matches. If they do this without any over-rate problems, they will get 72 points, their percentage of points will go up to 68.05.
- If India gets 68.05% on the WTC points table, then Australia, South Africa and Pakistan need to get less points percentage than the figure above.
Conditions for Australia:
Australia have 10 matches; One against Sri Lanka, three against South Africa, two against the West Indies and four against India.
Even if they lose 0-4 to India, they can stay in the top spot by winning the remaining six. In order for India to take first place, Australia will have to lose at least four matches and draw one of the remaining six matches.
Conditions for South Africa:
South Africa will play three matches against England, two against the West Indies and three against Australia. To get a percentage of 68 points, they will have to collect 62 points from the rest of their game. If they win five of their eight matches and lose the remaining three, they will be below India.
Conditions for Pakistan:
Pakistan will play three matches against England, two against New Zealand and two against Sri Lanka. If they win all six, they could top the table with more than 68% points. However, if they win five and remain undefeated in their remaining two matches, they will have less than 68% of the points.
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