India's impressive 106-run triumph over England in the second Test has propelled them back to the second position in the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 standings. The victory at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium elevated India's point percentage to 52.77, narrowing the gap with table-toppers Australia.
The top half of the WTC table is intensely competitive, with a mere 5% point percentage separating five teams, according to the ICC. India had briefly dropped to fifth place, trailing behind Bangladesh, following their unexpected 28-run defeat to England in the series opener in Hyderabad.
However, India mounted a strong comeback in the second Test, with Yashasvi Jaiswal's double-century in the initial innings contributing to a total of 396 runs. Jasprit Bumrah's outstanding six-wicket haul in the match played a pivotal role in dismantling the English lineup and limiting them to 253 in the first innings.
With a substantial 143-run lead, Shubman Gill's century further solidified India's position, setting a challenging target of 399 for England. Despite Zak Crawley's commendable performance as the sole English batter to surpass the 50-run mark in the fourth innings, India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Bumrah picked up three wickets each, bowling England out for 292.
This comprehensive victory not only leveled the five-match series at 1-1 but also propelled India back to the second position in the WTC standings. The competitive landscape of the championship suggests intense battles among the top teams as the competition progresses.
(With Agency Inputs)