After a thumping victory against the Indian team in the first Test of their four-match Test series at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday, England has now raced past the fourth spot in the ICC World Test Championship Standings to acquire the first position.
With England now sitting at the top of the table thanks to their victory in the first Test, India has consequently tumbled down to the fourth spot.
The chances of England making it into the ICC WTC finals has increased considerable and to achieve that goal they need to win two more matches of the series to ensure their entry into the WTC finals. If they manage to win the required number of games to enter the WTC finals, they will face the New Zealand team, the first WTC final qualifiers.
However, India also requires the equal number of wins to seal the series and their ticket to the ICC WTC finals. Now, since the England cricket team has grabbed the first position in the points table, both the teams are on the same boat with the remaining matches being equally crucial for both of them.
On the final day of the first Test, India resumed their innings on 39/1 with Shubham Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara holding the fort for India. But they received an early blow as Jack leach sent Pujara back to the pavilion in the 20th over.
Gill had just managed to complete his half-century when James Anderson began his reign and sent him out of the crease. Although captain Virat Kohli smashed 72 runs to save the innings, it did little damage to the confidence of the bowlers of the tourists. Ben Stokes picked up his sole wicket of the match by dismissing the wicket of Kohli.
The fiery Anderson made the Indian team surrender by picking up the wickets of two of the strongest batsmen in the remaining innings in the form of Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant.
Leach finished the remaining job and clinched four wickets to restrict India to 192 runs, thus winning the match by 227 runs.