Here's how India can qualify for the WTC final if they lose Border-Gavaskar Trophy to Australia

Here's how India can qualify for the WTC final if they lose Border-Gavaskar Trophy to Australia
The World Test Championship 2021–23 cycle has come to its business end, where only a few teams are left among the contenders for qualification to the final. Australia is at the top of the table and is a firm favourite to make it to the final.

On the other hand, with every test series conclusion, the qualification scenario for Team India gets more complicated. Recently, the two-match test series between Pakistan and New Zealand ended in a draw. It has made India's qualification chances a bit complicated.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has been eliminated from the race for the WTC final after suffering a 3-0 loss to England and then drawing the series against New Zealand. It means that Babar Azam and his men are out of the race.

For India, if they want to make it a clear qualification into the WTC final, they have arguably the toughest challenge ahead of them. India is set to host Australia for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting in February. India must beat Australia by a 4-0 margin so that they can qualify for the WTC final.

A 4-0 whitewash means that India does not need to depend on other teams. Meanwhile, a 3-0 or 3-1 victory will also be enough to confirm the ticket to the WTC final for Rohit Sharma and his men. But if they couldn't win by 3-0, then India's chance will depend on the Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Test series.

The Blackcaps will have to win at least one or draw one of their two tests to help India reach the WTC finals. But if India loses their series against Australia, mathematically they can still make it to the final. But for that, they will have to depend on Sri Lanka vs New Zealand and West Indies vs South Africa, both test series.

In case India loses BGT 1-2, then the West Indies should win or draw a test against South Africa, and New Zealand should win one game against Sri Lanka (a draw against Sri Lanka will not help). The test series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will take place on March 9, while South Africa will lock horns with West India from February 28.

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