WTC Table: India Drop Below Pakistan After Points Penalty Post Eng Loss
Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow scored unbeaten centuries to take England to victory in Edgbaston© AFP
The Indian cricket team went down tamely on the final day of the rescheduled fifth Test against England to lose by 7 wickets as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root smashed unbeaten centuries to take the hosts to an emphatic win. This is England’s fourth straight win on home soil, and as many under the leadership of captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum. England ultra aggressive approach had a role to play in this victory but India are to be blamed for the loss.
The complete lack of application from the batters in the second innings, and the lack of any proper tactics and plans while bowling in the second innings were big reasons behind India embarrassing loss at Edgbaston. Big name players have failed to deliver and so have several young players, on whom rests the future of this Indian team.
It is a third straight loss in an away Test match under head coach Rahul Dravid and things are definitely not going to plan for the Indians as of now.
The team also not only lost an opportunity to improve their percentage points in the World Test Championship table, they were also docked points due to slow over rate and as a result dropped to the fourth spot, with arch rivals Pakistan moving up to the third spot.
Pakistan have jumped above India in the ICC World Test Championship standings after the latter were penalised for slow over-rate in the Edgbaston Test. Apart from the points penalty, India have also been fined 40% of their match fee for the slow over-rate against England in the rescheduled fifth Test.
The points penalty means India drop below Pakistan to the fourth spot in the ICC World Test Championship standings. After the penalty, India are on 75 points (point percentage of 52.08), just a shade below Pakistan 52.38%.
India now have lost 4 matches, won 6 and drawn 2 in this cycle of WTC.
Australia and South Africa continue to occupy the top two positions respectively and are looking good for making the final in this second cycle of WTC.
England’s great uptick in form has now seen them win 4 matches in a row and that has lifted them to the 7th spot on the World Test Championship table.
They now have 5 wins, 7 losses and 4 draws in their kitty and their percentage points are at 33.33.
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