ICC World Test Championship Table: R Ashwin's eight-wicket haul, Rohit Sharma's classical knock (161 off 231) in the first innings, and a fifer for debutant Axar Patel gunn India to a record-breaking 317-run victory in the second Test against England in Chennai that helped the hosts to level the 4-match Test series at 1-1. Next, the third Test will be a pink-ball D/N fixture and will be played at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, from February 24.
With this emphatic victory over the visitors, Virat Kohli-led Team India moves to the second spot in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) table with a PCT of 69.7% and 460 points from six series, while England slipped to the fourth spot with 67 percentage points. Australia is in the third spot with 69.2 %age points.
New Zealand, however, still freezes his top spot on the ICC WTC table with 70 percentage points, it is a battle between India and England to seal a spot to play against the Kiwis in the WTC Final to be played at Lord’s in June. India needs to win the four-match series 2-1 or 3-1, while England needs to win it 3-1. Australia also has an outside chance, if the series ends in a draw, or wins the series by 2-1.
Earlier, chasing a massive 482 on Day 4, the visitors being bowled out for 164 in their second innings, with Axar bagging his maiden five-wicket haul. R Ashwin then proceeded to hit a fine century, his 5th in Test cricket and first against England and first at his home ground in Chennai. Skipper Kohli, Pant, and Rahane also contributed with the bat in the match.
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant’s wicket-keeping was also meritorious given that he kept on a square-turning pitch and did a quite reasonable job. For India, debutant Akshar Patel picked a fifer, ending with figures of 5/60, while Ashwin picked three more to end with 8 wickets in the match. Kuldeep Yadav, playing his first Test match after 2 years, picked a piece as well, as India wrapped up the Test within 4 days