In the first Test match played in Chennai, the Indian team lost to England by 227 runs. The performance of Team India’s batsmen was very disappointing in both innings. England bowlers bowled brilliantly and bowled out the Indian team for just 192 runs in the second innings. After the defeat at the hands of England, India has slipped to number four in the World Table Championship point table, while England has reached number one. Captain Kohli looked unhappy with the change in the rules of the World Test Championship after the defeat in the first Test.
On the question of India slipping to fourth place in the World Test Championship, the captain of Team India said, “Nothing has changed for us. If suddenly you are in lockdown and the rules change then nothing is under your control. There is only one thing in our control and we do it on the field. We are not bothered about the table and the things going on outside. There is no logic for some things. You can debate this for hours, but what is under your control is to play good cricket on the field as a team and that is our focus.
Significantly, the ICC had changed the rules of the World Test Championship due to the corona virus. The ICC removed the basis of the championship’s ranking from the point table to the winning percentage. Accordingly, the team whose win percentage is higher will increase their chances of going up in the rankings. In the beginning, the ICC rules had also hurt Team India and the team lost their first place. England will have to beat England in this Test series under any circumstances to reach the final of the World Test Championship.