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WTC points table: How the loss to South Africa has dented India’s chances at the World Test Championship



India’s 7-wicket loss to South Africa in the third Test at Newlands in Cape Town not only halted their dreams of winning the Test series away from home against the Proteas, but also affected their progress in the World Test Championship (WTC). India slipped to fifth in the latest WTC points table after losing the three-match series 1-2 to South Africa on Friday. South Africa, on the other hand, moved up to the fourth position with this crucial win.

India played nine Tests in the second round of the WTC, winning four, losing three and drawing two. Despite winning the most Tests among all teams so far in the WTC cycle, India are ranked fifth as their PCT (percentage of winning points) is lower than Sri Lanka, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa.

India’s PCT has now come down to 49.07 from 55.21. India also lost three points due to slow over rate.

Sri Lanka are on top with two wins from two matches. With victories in the last two Tests against India, South Africa have improved their PCT to 66.66.

Updated WTC Marks Table

Australia, leading 3-0 in the Ashes against England, are second with 83.33 PCT.

Pakistan is at number three with a PCT of 75.00.

The top two teams will qualify for the final of the WTC at the end of the cycle. In the previous edition, India faced New Zealand in the final, which the latter won.

The ICC made several changes to the WTC points system after the first edition. As per the new rules, the number of Test wins and series wins do not determine the standings, the percentage of points won (PCT) does. This was done to remove the disparity in the number of Tests each team is scheduled to play in the WTC cycle.


Each team has to play six series – three home and three away – but because the number of Tests in those series varies for each team, the ICC came up with the PCT.

In the new system, a team can score 12 points with a Test win, with six points being reserved for a tie and, in the event of a draw, both teams get four points each. One point is deducted for each over a team falls short of the mandated over-rate.

Here’s How PCT Is Calculated in WTC

India has played nine Tests in the WTC so far. The maximum number of WTC points they could earn was 108 (9*12) if they had won them all, but they won four, drew two, making their total 56. Three points were deducted as they were three overs short. mandated rate. India currently has 53 WTC points. Therefore, his PCT is 49.07, which ultimately determines the standings.

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