India have been in the middle of the pack in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) World Test Championship (WTC) table since its commencement in 2
India have been in the middle of the pack in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World Test Championship (WTC) table since its commencement in 2019, but they would now be looking to climb up the table when they take on England next month in a four-Test series.
This summer’s Test series is a defining series for India, with most talks about the WTC standings. Most teams come into series bearing the knowledge of the direct opposite, but for India, these four Tests hold significance due to the importance of WTC points.
The Virat Kohli-led side is currently placed fifth in the WTC table with a mere 357.4 percentage points. England holds the top spot. Securing a spot in the WTC finals would be the team’s highest priority, so their performance in the series will prove crucial.
Meanwhile, neighbours Bangladesh have been anxiously watching over the fitness of their star all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan. Due to an ankle injury, the 35-year-old is unlikely to be involved in the series against West Indies, which starts on February 3.
Bangladesh readied themselves for the upcoming series with a three-day intra-squad match which concluded on Monday. The match provided some early disappointment, as regular wicketkeeper Liton Das was found to have fractured a thumb during the match.
The upcoming series against West Indies is the first training outing for Bangladesh in the WTC, but they are unlikely to have the services of their star batting-allrounder Shakib Al Hasan. The absence of their most potent player could mean inevitable dejection for the Bangladesh side.
India and Bangladesh can share a ray of hope that the forthcoming series will strike the perfect note. As for now, the focus for India is to utilise the upcoming opportunity to make a strong statement in their pursuit of the WTC trophy.
India look to climb up WTC table as Bangladesh watch Shakib’s fitness
India are looking to climb up the World Test Championship table as the second cycle of the championship starts this coming week with their Border-Gavaskar Series against Australia. Bangladesh meanwhile will be watching the fitness of their captian Shakib Al Hasan as they prepare to face West Indies.
India & Australia Series
India currently sit in third place on the WTC table behind Australia & New Zealand
and have the potential to reach the top if they can take advantage of the series against Australia. With Australia currently leading the table, this is a great opportunity for India to close the gap and potentially overtake them with a win in the series.
Bangladesh & West Indies Series
Bangladesh meanwhile are hoping for a successful series against West Indies as they look to move up the table. However their chances may depend on the availability of their captain Shakib Al Hasan who is currently out with a hamstring injury. Bangladesh’s chances of a successful series may depend on the fitness of their star player.
In conclusion, both teams are looking to take advantage of their upcoming series to gain points and move closer towards the top of the World Test Championship table. India stand a great chance of overtaking Australia with a strong series against them, while Bangladesh will be hoping that Shakib Al Hasan is fit to play if they are to have any chance of a successful series against West Indies.
- India look to take advantage of series against Australia to overtake them on WTC table
- Bangladesh’s chances in their series against West Indies depend on fitness of Shakib Al Hasan
- India have a great chance to climb the table if they can win against Australia
- Bangladesh’s success in their series may depend on the availability of Shakib Al Hasan