Team India’s hope of making it to the finals of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) has been dealt a major blow after they lost the first Test against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Right from the get-go, almost everything fell in place for England as they hammered India with an all-round display to take a 1-0 in the four-match series. Also, England, for the first, finds themselves at the top of the ICC WTC points table.
With 442 points from 18 Tests, the Joe Root-led side swapped places with the Virat Kohli-led side to go top of the points table. England have earned 70.2 percentage of points, ahead of New Zealand (70.0) and Australia (69.2).
India, on the other hand, have gained 430 points from 14 Tests and have earned 68.3 percentage of points. New Zealand have already qualified for the WTC finals while England, Australia and India are in contention for the other spot. India now needs to win at least two of the remaining three Tests to make it to the final.
Talking about the first Test, India resumed play on Day 5 at 39/1, hoping to chase a mammoth target of 420 runs. However, James Anderson ran riot in the first session as India lost were reeling at 144/6 before Lunch.
Virat did stitch a gritty 72 but the home side was eventually rolled-over for a paltry total of 192. The defeat is India’s first on home soil since 2017.