- Sinchan Saha | March 8, 2023 | 3:52 am
The World Test Championship cycle for 2021-23 is down to the final four matches in three series. Due to Australia’s impressive nine-wicket victory in Indore last week, which secured their spot, there are now only two teams competing for the final spot.
The World Test Championship cycle for 2021-23 is down to the final four matches in three series. Due to Australia’s impressive nine-wicket victory in Indore last week, which secured their spot, there are now only two teams competing for the final spot. A dead rubber will be played in one of the four matches that begin on Wednesday in Johannesburg between West Indies and South Africa. This indicates that the outcome of the Sri Lanka-New Zealand series, which begins on the same day as the final Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, will determine the final spot. How do India’s chances fit into this equation then?
After defeating the Proteas 2-0 in the home series, Australia was the clear favorite to win the tournament going into the match against India. However, India emerged as the front runner after two massive defeats, one by an innings and 123 runs in the first Test and the other by six wickets in the second Test.
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India was expected to secure the spot for the second time in a row with a victory in Indore, whereas Australia was written off. However, the situation had changed, and Australia came back with a victory over a raging turner.
With 68.52 PCT, the tourists, who are still at the top of the WTC points table, secured their position. Australia has never qualified for the WTC final before
With 60.29 PCT, India is second in the WTC points table, but they haven’t made it to the final, where Asian rivals Sri Lanka, who are placed third, pose a threat. The following are the scenarios in which India might be able to qualify for the WTC Final:
1) If India win…they are through, irrespective of the results in the Sri Lanka vs New Zealand series.
2) If India and Sri Lanka draw, their PCT will fall to 52.9, but they could still advance if they fail to whitewash New Zealand.
3) If India loses, Rohit and his team would like New Zealand to win against Sri Lanka by a score of 2-0.
On March 9, the final Border-Gavaskar Trophy series match will begin in Ahmedabad.