India will confirm the final ticket of World Test Championship if they beat Bangladesh by 2-0.
After clinching the T20I series by 2-1, India will play their first Test match of the Bangladesh series is on November 14 at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore. This Test series is a part of the World Test Championship.
In this Test series, there is a total of two matches. The second match of the series will be a Day-Night Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on November 22. India is a clear favourite for the Test series. It is going to be very hard for Bangladesh to beat World No.1 Test team.
This is Bangladesh’s first Test series in the World Test Championship. On the other hand, India has already played a two-Test series in the World Test Championship. Currently, India is at No.1 position in the WTC points table. Since 2015, India is playing a dominating the World with their performance in Test cricket.
India dominating the WTC points table
India is dominating the World Test Championship points table. Currently, India is at No.1 position in the WTC points tally. New Zealand is in the second position with 60 points. Till now, India has played 5 matches in WTC and won all of them.
In August 2019, India won the series against West Indies by 2-0 and after two months, India beat South Africa 3-0 in a home series. Other teams like – Australia, England, New Zealand did not win a single series yet in the World Test Championship. India’s next target is to beat Bangladesh by 2-0 so that they can extend their lead in the points tally of World Test Championship.
How does India confirm the ticket to final?
In the World Test Championship points table, the points difference between India and other countries is very large. If; India wins the series against Bangladesh by 2-0 then they will extend their lead in WTC points tally to 360 points.
After the Bangladesh series, India will play three series [two away series (one in Australia and one in New Zealand) and one home series against England]. Most probably India will win the home series against England. If; India lost the series against Australia and New Zealand then still there is a chance that India will easily qualify for the finals of WTC. Other big teams like – Australia, England, South Africa have tough series in their WTC schedule as compared to India.
Challenges for India
1. Two-match series vs New Zealand: After the West Indies series, India’s second away series in the WTC schedule is against New Zealand in January 2020. In this tour, India will play two Test matches. If; India won the series or lost the series by 1-0 then India has no big problem. If; India lost the series by 2-0 then it will create a problem for India. Most probably India will win this series or at least draw the series.
2. Four-match series vs Australia: This series is going to be the toughest series for India in their WTC campaign. The worst-case for India is if; they lost the series by 4-0. If; India lost the series by 3-0 or get a better result than this then; it will not be a big problem.
So, the conclusion is if India wins the series against Bangladesh by 2-0 then they will most probably confirm their ticket for the finals of World Test Championship. The way India is playing right now, most probably they will make into the final of World Test Championship.