Here's how India can qualify for WTC 2023 final after Pakistan's loss to ENG in 2nd Test
After winning the first test at Rawalpindi Stadium, England registered a 26-run win in the second test on Monday against Pakistan. With two consecutive losses, Pakistan's small chance of making it to the World Test Championship final in 2023 has been shattered completely.
The Babar Azam-led team has been knocked out of the WTC final race and also lost the ongoing three-match Test series, with the third and final game to be played. Meanwhile, India will start their test series on Wednesday against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram.
It is the first red-ball game India is playing since they lost to England in July in the one-off rescheduled test by seven wickets. The Men in Blue are in fourth place in the WTC table with a winning percentage of 52.08.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has slipped to sixth place with a percentage of 42.42 after losing the first two tests to England. Sri Lanka ranks third with 53.33%. Australia is at the top with 75%, and South Africa is placed second with 60%. The top two teams will make it to the final.
India has six more tests to play in the ongoing WTC final. They will play two tests against Bangladesh before hosting Australia in a four-match series beginning in February. Meanwhile, after winning the test series against the West Indies, Australia will host South Africa for a three-match test series.
The AUS-SA test series will define many things. If India wins both tests against Bangladesh, then it will give them an edge over other teams. India has always been a difficult side to beat in their home conditions, and they would fancy their chances against Australia in a four-match test series at home.
However, with six games left to play, the clear scenario for the Indian team will be to win all their remaining games, which is still possible with two tests against Bangladesh and their records at home. And if they win all six games, then the winning percentage will jump to 68.06, which will ensure them a solid position to qualify for the WTC final.
On the other hand, the series between Australia and South Africa will surely dent the chances of either team, whoever loses that. But one loss out of six for India will certainly hurt their chances to qualify.
Sri Lanka, who are sitting in third place, will play two Tests against the Black Caps in New Zealand, so that will be a big ask for them. And if Sri Lanka wins those games, they can only reach 61.9% because they have only two games left to play. It means their chances are very slim.