India’s 7-wicket defeat to South Africa in Test 3 at Newlands in Cape Town not only put their dream of winning a test series against the Proteas away from home on hold, but also hampered their progress in the World Testing Championship (WTC). India slipped to fifth in the final WTC points table after the team led by Virat Kohli lost the three-game series to South Africa 1-2 on Friday. South Africa, meanwhile, moved up to fourth place with the crucial victory.
India contested nine Tests in the second round of the WTC, recording four wins, three losses and two draws. Although it has won the most tests among all teams so far in the WTC cycle, India is fifth because its PCT (percentage of points earned) is lower than that of Sri Lanka, from the Australia, Pakistan and South Africa.
The Indian PCT has now fallen from 55.21 to 49.07. India also lost three points due to a slow over-rate.
Sri Lanka tops the table after two wins in two matches. With the victory in the last two tests against India, South Africa improved their PCT to 66.66.
Updated WTC Points Table
– ICC (@ICC) January 14, 2022
Australia, who lead the Ashes 3-0 against England, are in second with an 83.33 PCT.
Pakistan is at No. 3 with a PCT of 75.00.
The top two teams will advance to the WTC Finals at the end of the cycle. In the previous edition, India faced New Zealand in the final, which the latter won.
ICC had made a host of changes to the WTC points system after the first edition. According to the new rules, the number of test wins and series wins does not determine the ranking, but the percentage of points earned (PCT) does. This was done to eliminate the disparity in the number of tests each team must perform in the WTC cycle.
Each team must play six series – three at home and three away – but since the number of tests in those series varies for each team, ICC proposed PCT.
In the new system, a team can earn 12 points with a victory in the test, six points are reserved in case of a tie and in case of a tie, both teams get four points each. A point is deducted for each time a team does not reach the mandatory over-rate.
This is how the PCT is calculated in the WTC
India has played nine WTC tests so far. The maximum number of WTC points they could have earned was 108 (9 * 12) if they had earned them all, but they won four, drew two, bringing their total to 56. Three points were deducted because they were missing three passes. mandatory surcharge. India currently has 53 WTC points. Therefore, their PCT is 49.07, which ultimately determines status.
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