ICC World Test Championship scenario after England outplays Kohli and Co in Chennai Test

England crushed India to go atop of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) table after a 227-run win against the hosts in the first Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. India has now slipped to fourth place in the table.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 09, 2021 16:21 IST
ICC World Test Championship scenario after England outplays Kohli and Co in Chennai Test
England beat India to take top spot in WTC Table. (Image credit: ICC/table)

India vs England Series: Swing maestro James Anderson-led England bowled out India for 192 in the second innings to register an emphatic victory by 227 runs in the first Test in Chennai. Notably, Joe Root has now led England to six wins in as many Tests in Asia while India have now lost their last four Tests under Virat Kohli's captaincy. The visitors will take a lot of positives from this Test especially the performances of players playing their first game in alien conditions. 

With this emphatic victory over India, England regains the top spot in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) table with a PCT of 70.2% and 442 points from six series. They have won 11 matches and lost only 4 while drawing 3. New Zealand and Australia take second and third position respectively.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli-led Indian team has gone to the fourth position with a PCT of 68.3% as they have won 9, lost 4, and drawn one game in six series so far. Now, Team India will be eyeing to bounce back strongly in the upcoming Test to be played at the same venue on Feb 13.

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Qualification scenarios for the WTC Finals:

WTC Standings as on February 9, 2021

India can still qualify for the World Test Championship (WTC) Finals if they clinch the series by either 2-1 or 3-1. On the other hand, England have to win at least three out of the four Tests to qualify for the Finals. Notably, Australia could also qualify for the WTC Finals if England wins it by 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 and the Aussies can also play the Lord's Final if the ongoing series between India and England will have resulted with 1-1 or 2-2.