Breathing was never permitted in Australia. Before being destroyed in Nagpur’s second innings by the spin pair of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, India made things very tough for themselves by seizing even the smallest of chances. India triumphed by an inning and 132 runs at Nagpur because of five wickets from Ashwin and two from Jadeja, giving them a 1-0 lead in the four-match Border-Gavaskar series. So where does India stand in the points standings for the World Test Championship now?

Given that the Rohit Sharma-led team is yet to secure a spot in the championship game, India does keep one eye on the WTC points standings. They had 58.93% of the points going into the series and are still in second position, albeit they have increased their chances of reaching the championship game. Their current PCT is 61.67%, much above Sri Lanka’s third-place finish (53.33).

Australia, on the other hand, continues to lead the standings and just needs a victory to lock up a spot in the WTC championship match. Their PCT, however, has dropped from 75.56 to 70.83 percent.

India has not yet formally confirmed their participation in the WTC final for a second straight year. To secure a spot, the runners-up from the previous cycle must win in at least two of the remaining three Border-Gavaskar matches.

“This was certainly Australia’s Plan A, but I’m sure they’ll reflect and attempt to come up with alternative strategies for the next game. I’ve done a lot of experimenting, but it’s crucial to remain in the present. Making plans while in the air is risky if you want to stay flying. Australia should return extremely strongly and forcefully “Following the game, Ashwin stated.