India gained big in WTC table; Here's how they can qualify for the final
Australia didn't look in control at any point in all three days of the first test in Nagpur, and eventually the Indian spinners were too good for them. India took a big lead of 223 runs in the first inning, which proved to be way too much for Australia.
In the second inning, Australia got bowled out in 32.3 overs for just 91 runs. With this win, India has taken one step closer to securing their place in the ongoing World Test Championship 2021–23 final, which will be played in England at the Oval between June 7–11.
Before this game, Australia was at the top with a point percentage of 75.55%, while the Indian team was in second place with 58.92%. Team India was within touching distance of Sri Lanka, which is in third place with a point percentage of 53.33%.
But after a win in Nagpur, India has improved their win percentage, and now it is 61.67%, while Australia's win percentage has faced a dent. It has dropped to 70.83. They have lost almost five points after the loss in the first test.
For India, the qualification scenario for the WTC final is pretty clear. They need to win at least two of the remaining three games against Australia. It means that if India can win this series 4-0, 3-0, or 3-1, they will directly qualify for the final.
But if, in this case, India loses more than one game or draws one and loses one, then they will have to depend on the results of other teams. South Africa will play three tests against the West Indies, while Sri Lanka hosts New Zealand for two tests, which are two other contenders.