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After losing the series to South Africa, ‘Viratsena’ was out of the TOP-4, New Zealand’s also stood in the WTC

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The Indian team lost the 3-match Test series against South Africa (South Africa vs India Test Series, 2021-2022) by 1-2. In the last match of the series played in Cape Town on Friday, 14 January, South Africa hunted down Viratsena and won the series. With this, the Indian Test cricket team’s dream of winning the Test series on South African soil again remained unfulfilled. Not only this, due to the loss of this series, he has suffered an even bigger loss. In the points table of ‘ICC World Test Championship 2021-2023’ (ICC WTC 2021-2023), the Bharaya team was eliminated from the top-4.

Significantly, before losing the Test series against South Africa (India vs South Africa Test Series 2021-22), the Indian team was at number two in the ICC World Test Championship, 2021-2023’s points table. But, after losing in the second Test match played at the Wanderers of Johannesburg, (Johannesburg Test IND vs SA, 2022) in this latest series, Viratsena slipped from the second position to the fourth position. Now the last match at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. After suffering a defeat in the tournament, the Indian team slipped further down to the fifth position.

It is worth noting that in the ‘ICC World Test Championship, 2021-23’, India has played 3 Test series so far. Altogether 9 matches have been played in all these series. Out of which 4 matches were won and 3 were lost. 2 matches were drawn.

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Records show that Sri Lanka is on top in the ICC WTC 2021-23 points table. Sri Lanka have played 2 Test matches so far in this edition and have won both. At the same time, Australia’s team, which has won 3 out of 4 Test matches played so far, is second in the points table. The condition of New Zealand WTC Winner, the champion of ICC World Test Championship, 2019-21, is also bad. New Zealand is currently ranked sixth. He has played a total of 4 matches in the 2 series played so far under 2021-2023. One of these matches was won, two were lost and one match was drawn.

Talking about the 3-match Test series between India and South Africa that ended on Friday, 14 January, India won the first match of this series, but lost the series. The history of Test cricket tells that by winning the first match in a series, the Indian team has lost a Test series for the fourth time. Earlier, Virat Sena has lost the series twice at home ground and twice abroad.

Talking about the overall, before this, the Indian team had lost in the Test series in 1984-1985 by winning the first match against England (England vs India Test Series) at their own home ground. In the year 2006-2007, India won the first match in South Africa (South Africa vs India Test Series 2006-2007), but was defeated in that tour. And, the first match of Seafways against England played in India in 2012-2013 was also won by the Indian team, but England won the series.

Bhagyashree Soni
Bhagyashree Soni is a software engineer with soft writing skills. She is a degree holder from the International School of Entrepreneurial Leadership. She has been a state-level badminton champion and chess player. A woman with a forthright attitude enjoys her writing passion as her chosen career. Writing in the context of feminism, social cause and entrepreneurship is her forte.
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