September 29, 2022

India tour in South Africa | What does the World Test Championship standings look like after India’s double loss to South Africa?

South Africa jumped one place over India in the World Test Championship standings after Cape Town win | Photo credit: AP

Highlights

  • There have been some major changes to the World Test Championship points table after the South Africa-India Test series
  • A 2-1 series win over India lifted South Africa up the table
  • India’s odds have taken a hit after back-to-back losses in the current WTC round

With two spectacular fourth-inning chases in a row, South Africa threw cold water on India’s hopes of winning an elusive Rainbow Nation series. Led by skipper Dean Elgar in the second Test and Keegan Petersen in the third Test, South Africa executed two of the finest chases in Test cricket in the past two weeks to win the three-game series 2-1 , which saw them climb the ranks in the World Test Championship (WTC) points table.

It was South Africa’s first assignment in the current 2021-23 WTC cycle and two wins and a loss gave them 24 points out of 36 played, meaning a PCT (point percentage) of 66.67 and Proteas soared to fourth place, just below Pakistan 75.00 PCT.

South Africa overtook India, who could earn just 12 points in the series with the only win in the series opener at Centurion. The series loss seriously affected the inaugural WTC runners-up as they slipped to fifth place with a PCT of 49.07 with four wins, three losses and two draws.

Sri Lanka remain top with two wins in as many games as their PCT stands at 100 while Australia, who have a 3-0 lead in the ongoing Ashes series, are currently in second place with three wins and a draw while his PCT is at 83.33.

With a home series to come, against Sri Lanka, the Indian team managed by Virat Kohli will be looking to put together some wins to increase their PCT and solidify their position in the top half of the table. India, who currently lead 2-1 in the five-game series against England, would also be keen to end the series with a win when the two teams meet for the final time in Edgbaston in July later this year.