The World Test Championship Points Table as of the conclusion of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka is as follows

On March 6, India convincingly defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 222 runs in the inaugural Test match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. The hosts skittled the Lankans out for just 174 on day three of the Test match, and skipper Rohit Sharma elected to enforce the follow-on after amassing a record first-innings lead of 400 runs. The visitors could only muster 178 in their second innings and were bowled out only a few minutes before stumps.

While the Indian team won handsomely, it was a much-needed victory for them in terms of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-2023 cycle. India finished 2021 fourth in the World Cup points standings after defeating South Africa in Centurion. However, setbacks in the following two games against the Proteas and a 1-2 series defeat dropped them to fifth place.

South Africa, who took over the fourth spot on the chart from India in January, has held that position, while India has remained at number five in the new ICC World Test Champions rankings.

For the time being, the Rohit Sharma-led team will hold on to fifth place in the table with a points percentage of 54.16 percent. There are three countries in the top three positions: South Africa (fourth), Sri Lanka (third), and Pakistan (second), each of which has a point percentage of 60, 66, and 75 percent corresponding to their respective names. As a result of their 86.66 percent points percentage in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-2023, Australia, who is also the top-ranked Test team, has secured the ‘Numero Uno’ position in the points table for the tournament. This is primarily owing to a 4-0 thrashing of arch-rivals England during the Ashes series in December and January.

While keeping this in mind, it should also be noted that India had suffered a three-point loss due to a sluggish overrate penalty. The first incidence occurred following the first Test against England at Trent Bridge in August 2021, during which two points were deducted from each team’s final score sheet. The second case occurred following the Centurion Test in December of last year, when Virat Kohli and his teammates were fined a point after being deemed to be one over short of their goal.

Meanwhile, the second Test match between India and Sri Lanka will be played in Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on March 12 and will determine the outcome of the series. This will be a pink-ball tournament that will be held under the lights.