India have slipped to the number 4 position in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) standings after losing the opening Test of the four-match series against England in Chennai on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, England’s winning start against India has kept alive their hopes of making to the final of the nine-team competition.

The victory in the first Test has lifted Joe Root & Co. to top position and 70.2 percentage points in the standings, and they have enhanced their chances of securing one of the three series results (3-1, 3-0 or 4-0) that could take them to the final.

New Zealand have already qualified for the final by winning 70 per cent of their matches while Australia and India remain in contention for the other place along with England.

India, who have dropped to the fourth position with 68.3 percentage points, cannot afford to lose any other match in the ongoing Test series and will be looking forward to winning at least two of the remaining three games (2-1 or 3-1) to book a place in the final.

The second Test between India and England will be played at the same venue from February 13.


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