India secured a thumping win in Chennai to earn some crucial points in the World Test Championship. But they are now in danger of losing some points. According to IANS, if ICC decides to rate the Chepauk pitch for the second Test as ‘Poor’ then India’s 3 points will be docked. This could severely dent India’s chances of booking a seat in the final which will be taking place at Lords in June.
There was plenty of debate surrounding the pitch at Chepauk after the conclusion of play on day two. Many former players and fans called the pitch ‘unplayable’ for batsmen. The likes of Michael Vaughan and Mark Waugh had all tweeted about it. Plenty of experts and fans saying that the pitch took away the balance between bat and ball. They felt that the rank turner made life extremely difficult for the batters.
India jump to second place in WTC points table
A 317 run win in Chennai meant the hosts leapfrogged Australia to take second place in WTC standings. Having gained 30 points from the win, India are now with 460 points which is 69.7% of the total points which were up for grabs. Meanwhile, England slipped to fourth place with 442 points and 67% PCT. New Zealand, who have already qualified for the final, are at the top of the table.
Debutant Axar Patel starred in the final innings as his five-wicket haul helped the hosts secure a win on day four. Local boy Ravichandran Ashwin was adjudged as the Player of the Match for his eight-wicket haul for the match and a scintillating century. The third Test between India and England, a Day-night contest, is set for Ahmedabad from February 24.