India Claims Top Spot in World Test Championship Rankings
India Claims Top Spot in World Test Championship Rankings

New Delhi:  India claimed the top spot in the World Test Championship rankings on March 3, following Australia's victory over New Zealand in the first Test in Wellington. Australia continued their dominance over New Zealand with a convincing 172-run win, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.

Before the first Test, New Zealand held the top position with 36 points from four matches, boasting a points percentage of 75. However, their substantial defeat to Australia caused a significant shift in the WTC rankings. They dropped to second place with a reduced points percentage of 60.

In contrast, India, previously in second place with 62 points from eight matches, rose to the top spot with an enhanced points percentage of 64.58, surpassing New Zealand. Australia's victory in Wellington solidified their position in third place. Nathan Lyon's exceptional six-wicket haul in the fourth innings was instrumental in their triumph.

Following the win, Australia's points increased from 66 to 78, and their points percentage improved from 55 to 59.09. As the 2023 champions, Australia now aims to climb further up the rankings. A win in the final Test against New Zealand could see Australia leapfrogging their rivals into second place.

There is also an opportunity for Pat Cummins to claim the top spot in the rankings. If England defeats India in their match in Dharamshala, Australia will have a chance to temporarily move to the top of the table.

The final Test between New Zealand and Australia will take place in Christchurch starting from March 8.

Meanwhile, India and England will face off in the final match of their series in Dharamshala from March 7. India has already secured the series with a win in Ranchi.

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