India beat England by 10 wickets in the third Test in Ahmedabad to put one foot in the World Test Championship final. But, while England have been knocked out of contention for a place in the final, India still need to ensure that they come out undefeated in the fourth Test – also to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium – to book a place against New Zealand at the final in Lord’s. If India lose, however, Australia will go through to the WTC final.
India’s win propelled them to the top of the WTC table, but due to the standings being decided on percentage of matches won, a draw or defeat in the final Test against England would see them slip behind both New Zealand and Australia
Twitter was full of reactions as India closed in on the final of the inaugural edition of the WTC.
“Congrats to Team India for the two-day win which keeps them in the race for the WTC Final! Axar and Ashwin were exceptional, but the batsmen will eye an improved show in the final Test,” wrote former India batsman VVS Laxman.
Congrats to Team India for the two-day win which keeps them in the race for the WTC Final! Axar and Ashwin were exceptional, but the batsmen will eye an improved show in the final Test. #INDvsENG
– VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 25, 2021
#INDvsENG Former & current English players are much more frustrated because they lost a huge chance to prepare a pitch for themselves at their home ground for the world test championship final #MoteraTestMatch
– Madhur Jhawar (@MadhurJhawar15) February 25, 2021
– Ganesh Radha-Udayakumar (@ganeshkumarRU7) February 25, 2021
There were memes too, of course.
– Tarak (@TarakChem) February 25, 2021
– RK (@hey_rama_) February 25, 2021
England should just play for a draw or let India win out of goodness of their hearts and let them go to the final of the World Test Championship. #INDvsENG
– Suketh Kumar Chinchela (@schinchela) February 25, 2021
India is back on the top of World Test Championship
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– 😎 (@Kingkohli_Stan) February 25, 2021
The WTC final is scheduled to be held from June 18-22, with June 23 kept as a reserve day.
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