How did India reach the World Test Champion even after losing the match?
India was the heavy favourite to go to the championship match of the 2021–23 World Test Championship. After winning the inaugural edition’s final. However, the recent Edgbaston Test loss to England by the 2021 runner-up has seriously hurt their hopes.
India started off the path to recovery after falling short against New Zealand. In the championship game of the previous year by taking a 2-1 series lead over England. The Rohit Sharma-led team is in risk of not competing in the summit match. After they were unable to overcome New Zealand in the first Test at home in Kanpur & suffered a series loss in South Africa.
The 2021 runners-up dropped to fourth position in the rankings. And fell behind Pakistan in the standings as a result of a two-point punishment for sluggish over-rate. It would be challenging for the Rohit Sharma-led team to go to their second straight final.
India dropped to fourth position as a result of the defeat in Edgbaston. The former finalist now has a PCT percentage of 52.08 percent.
A team receives 12 points in the WTC for a victory, four points for a draw, and six points for a tie.
India may still be eligible.
India is still in the running even though they will have a difficult time making it to the final. India’s overall percentage will increase to 68.06 percent if it wins all six games. Anything less than that, or at least five victories in those six contests, will make qualifying almost impossible.
Actually, only Pakistan, South Africa, and Australia—outside of India—can qualify. If India wins all six of its games, the following is how they might get to the final:
Australia in World Test Championship
Australia is in the lead and is quite unlikely to miss the summit match. They still have 10 games left, including the second match of the current away series against Sri Lanka. Two home series against the West Indies, and one against South Africa (three matches). The highlight away series versus India will mark the conclusion of their season. The 2021 runner-up will surpass Australia in the points standings, if India wins all six of their games and Australia loses at least four games and draws one match.
South Africa in WTC
After a thrilling series victory over India, South Africa is feeling very confident. The Proteas still have two home series against West Indies and three left away series against England and Australia. India will surpass South Africa in the table if they win all six of their games and at the very least lose three or draw five.
Pakistan in World Test Championship
The Babar Azam-led team has had a strong performance in this year’s WTC despite losing the home series against Australia. With two home series against England (three matches) and New Zealand, Pakistan has a favourable schedule (two matches). Later this month, they will play a two-game road series against a faltering Sri Lankan team.
Pakistan will finish ahead of India if they can win six of their remaining seven games. Azam and company must at the very least drop one game and draw another for the Rahul Dravid-led team to win. However, given that both nations are well behind Australia and South Africa, a fantasy India-Pakistan final seems doubtful. While any of them has a chance to compete in the summit match, the odds of them both placing in the top two are fairly slim.
West Indies in World Test Championship
West Indies, who are now fifth on the table with 50% points, might upset the apple cart by pulling off the impossible and winning away series in South Africa and Australia while the competition remains firmly between these four countries.