WTC 2021-23: How can team India qualify for the final?

After their defeat against Australia in the third test, India now must win the fourth test to qualify for the WTC 2021-23 final or, they will have to depend on the results of the New Zealand vs Sri Lanka series.

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Team India captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli having a discussion during the third test against Australia in Indore. Image: Getty

WTC 2021-23: How can team India qualify for the final?

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Team India captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli having a discussion during the third test against Australia in Indore. Image: Getty
After their defeat against Australia in the third test, India now must win the fourth test to qualify for the WTC 2021-23 final or, they will have to depend on the results of the New Zealand vs Sri Lanka series.

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Australia are the first team to qualify for the WTC 2021-23 final after they defeated India in the third test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Steve Smith won his 21st test as the captain of Australia as they thrashed the home team by 9 wickets in Indore. Now after this loss, Rohit Sharma and the company will have to make sure they beat the Aussies in the next test at Ahmedabad to qualify for the final of the WTC 2021-23.

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Below are the conditions on how India can qualify for the WTC 2021-23 Final

#1. India beat Australia in the fourth test at Ahmedabad

To qualify for the World Test Championship final, India must win the next test against Australia. After their 3rd loss in the last 46 home tests, it will be interesting to see who they team up against a more confident Australia. Pat Cummins might be back for the fourth test and Australia will look more compact with their batting doing better at the moment.

Nathan Lyon took 8 wickets in the second inning of the Indore test against India | Sportz Point
Nathan Lyon took 8 wickets in the second inning of the Indore test against India. Image: BCCI

On the other hand, for India, the concern in the batting line will give a few sleepless nights to Rohit Sharma. They had brought in Shubman Gill in the third test in the place of KL Rahul. But, Gill failed as well. Virat Kohli’s form is a sign of concern too. Meanwhile, if you rule out Pujara’s excellent fifty in the second inning of the third test, other batters except Axar Patel have not done anything remarkable in the middle order in the test series.

WTC 2021-23: Cheteshwar Pujara hits a six in the second innings of the Indore Test against Australia | Sportz Point
Cheteshwar Pujara hits a six in the second innings of the Indore Test against Australia. Image: Getty

They will surely have to play Aussie spinners better if they want to board that flight to England to play the final of the World Test Championship for the second time in a row.

#2 Sri Lanka fail to whitewash New Zealand

Even if India do not manage to win against Australia in the next test, they can still qualify for the final if New Zealand win any of their two tests against Sri Lanka. The first test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka will start on the same date as the fourth test between India and Australia. That will be a huge test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch starting on 9th March.

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New Zealand managed to win a historic test against England to draw the last series. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is yet to play any test in 2023 and their last test was on 24 Jul 2022 at Galle against Pakistan which they won by 246 runs.

WTC 2021-23: If India lose or draw against Australia in the fourth test and Sri Lanka manage to whitewash New Zealand by 2-0, they will play the WTC 202-23 final against Australia at the Oval in London from 7-11 June | Sportz Point
Sri Lanka practised at the newly made Radella Cricket Ground before heading to New Zealand. Image: SLC

If India lose or draw against Australia in the fourth test and Sri Lanka manage to whitewash New Zealand by 2-0, they will play the WTC 202-23 final against Australia at the Oval in London from 7-11 June.

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WTC 2021-23 Points table

POSTEAMPCT (%)PTSW L DSERPEN
1AUSTRALIA68.5214811 3 460
2INDIA60.2912310 5 26-5
3SRI LANKA53.33645 4 150
4SOUTH AFRICA52.38887 6 160
5ENGLAND46.9712410 8 46-12
6PAKISTAN38.1644 6 460
7WEST INDIES37.5544 6 26-2
8NEW ZEALAND27.27362 6 350
9BANGLADESH11.11161 10 160

PCT (%): Percentage; L: Number of matches lost; SER: Number of series played; PTS: Number of points awarded; D: Number of matches drawn; PEN: Number of penalty overs; W: Number of matches won

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