Here's how India can still qualify for WTC 2021-23 finals

Here’s how India can still qualify for WTC 2021-23 finals

India's fate lies in the hands of other teams as they hope to make it to the WTC finals next year.

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India suffered a harrowing defeat to England in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston as the hosts chased down a record total in the fourth innings to draw level in the protracted series. If the loss wasn’t disappointing enough, the visitors have been docked two WTC points for maintaining a slow over-rate, which saw them fall down below arch-rivals Pakistan in fourth place in the WTC points table.

The chances of Rohit Sharma and his men making it to the WTC final next year have taken a serious hit after their loss in Birmingham, following two consecutive defeats in South Africa. But they still have a chance to sneak into the finals, with a little help from other nations. India are currently in fourth place with a win % of 52.08, which can go as high as 68.05, given that they win their remaining six Tests (two against Bangladesh and four against Australia).

Stipulations for India to make it to the WTC final

But even if India manages a whitewash against Bangladesh and Australia, they require the other teams to falter in their ambitions of reaching the WTC finals. Australia have made a superb start to its campaign and are one of the favorites to make it to the finals. But if they lose four matches against India and draw one of their remaining six Tests, India will topple the Men in Yellow to take the top spot in the table.

South Africa are the biggest threat to India’s dream to reach their second successive WTC final, as the Proteas are currently occupying the second position. But the road ahead for them is not easy as they will be up against a resurgent England side for three Tests and then will face off against West Indies (two Tests) and Australia (three Tests). If India wins their remaining six matches and South Africa loses three of their eight matches then India will finish above South Africa.

India’s arch-rivals Pakistan will be eyeing their first-ever WTC finals, but face a stiff challenge in their remaining seven Tests. They will be contesting against England (three Tests), New Zealand (two Tests), and Sri Lanka (two Tests). They will need to win at least six of their remaining seven matches to finish above India in the scenario where India wins their remaining six fixtures.