#WorldTestChampionship

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly on Sunday announced that India will play a bilateral series against Sri Lanka in July. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly said that IPL games can't be played in India amid COVID surge
  • A window for the remaining 31 matches will be difficult to find, he added
  • IPL 2021 was postponed indefinitely after players across teams started testing positive for COVID-19

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The WTC finals will start from June 18 and a five-match Test series against England will start from August 4 in the UK. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • Due to COVID norms, Indian team will stay eight days in bubble in India before going to the UK for WTC finals
  • The team will have to remain in 10-day quarantine in the UK from June 2
  • World Test Championship finals will be played in Southampton from June 18

.Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Ravindra Jadeja had sustained a thumb injury during the third Test in Sydney in India's tour of Australia last year. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • Hanuma Vihari and pacers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have also returned to the Test side
  • Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been left out of the squad
  • KL Rahul and Wriddhiman Saha have been included but remain subject to their fitness

.Southampton, UK
With a 3-1 series win over England, India on Saturday entered the finals with a 72.2 percentage points. (Photo credit: Twitter/@BCCI)

  • The final of the World Test Championship will be played in from June 18 to June 23
  • New Zealand were the first team to secure their berth in the ultimate game with 70 percentage points
  • The final would be played from June 18 to June 23 in Ageas Bowl, with June 24 kept as a reserve day

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Virat Kohli said the championship race was merely a "distraction" for his team, who did not need any further incentive to win Test matches. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • India beat England inside three days in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad to win the series 3-1
  • Virat Kohli said the team is relieved to qualify for the World Test Championship finals
  • Although India had led the standings until November, a change in ponts system promoted Australia

.Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
R Ashwin said that the bio bubble made the bond between teammates stronger.(Photo Credit: Twitter/@ICC)

  • India won the 4th by an innings and 25 runs
  • Ashwin, 34, took 5 wickets which brought a quick victory for India
  • He was declared Man of the Series for taking 32 wickets in the series

.Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
England batsman Ollie Pope being run out by Indian wicket keeper R Pant during the third day of the 4th and last cricket test match between India and England. (PTI Photo)

  • The 4th Test match ended on the third day; the Test series ended in only nine of the 15 days available
  • India beat England by an innings  and 25 runs at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad
  • India will now play against New Zealand in World Test Championhip finals

.Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Ravi Shastri blamed fatigue for the team's loss in the first Test in Chennai. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@RaviShastriOfc)

  • Several former England players criticised the pitch for the third Test
  • Ravi Shashtri said Ashish Bhowmick is an outstanding groundsman
  • He lauded the team for making it to the WTC final despite ICC changing the qualification criteria

.Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
The two captains made things even with a fist bump after Kohli's throw hit Joe Root. ((Photo credit: Instagram/root66/indiancricketteam/Representative Image)

  • The England captain was facing Axar Patel in that over when the incident happened
  • Virat Kohli reached towards the ball and tried throwing it towards Pant but it hit Root instead
  • India won the match eventually, qualifying to the WTC finals

.Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Virat Kohli said India's bench strength is extremely strong. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Virat Kohli said the comeback in the second Test pleased him the most
  • England captain Joe Root admitted his side had been "outplayed" again
  • India coach Ravi Shastri singled out Rishabh Pant's performance with the bat