As South Africa bounced back in the
three-Test Freedom Trophy series against India with an empathic seven-wicket victory
in the Johannesburg Test, the Proteas have made a huge jump in the World Test
Championship points table.
After their victory, South Africa have made
a huge leap in the World Test Championship (2021-23) points table. Following their loss in the Centurion Test against India, the host nation was placed 8th, but now they are placed 5th on the chart. India, on the other hand, are placed
fourth with 53 points and 55.21 PCT (percentage of points won).
South Africa now have 12 points in two
matches. It also has to be kept in mind that India endured a loss of 9.07
points as a penalty due to slow-over rates.
In the second Test in Johannesburg, South
Africa captain Dean Elgar played a fine 96 not out to lead his side to a
remarkable victory at a venue where India had not lost previously. On Day 4 of the second Test, South Africa
had resumed the day with an overnight score of 118/2 and despite the overcast
conditions, the hosts lost only three wickets as Rassie van der Dussen gave
Elgar much needed aide, scoring 40. Temba Bavuma scored unbeaten 23 as South
Africa sealed the match and rose to fifth place on the WTC points table.
Australia and Sri Lanka are currently
leading the chart with 36 and 24 points, playing three and two Tests
respectively. Both sides have so far been undefeated in the ongoing WTC cycle.
Pat Cummins-led side are enjoying a brilliant run in the Ashes series, having
secured rather straightforward victories in all of their first three Tests. Sri
Lanka, meanwhile, had defeated West Indies 2-0 in the home Test series in
India will have a chance to improve their
ranking if they win the Test third Test in Cape Town. The third Test will start
on January 11. If India win the third Test, they will complete series wins in
SENA countries – South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia.