After winning the second Test match of the two-match Test series against Tom Latham’s New Zealand National Cricket Team by 372 runs on Monday, December 6 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India has retained third place in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 points table. In the history of Test cricket, this was India’s largest-ever run victory. In addition, India has won the two-match Test series 1-0, with the first match between the teams ending in a draw at Green Park in Kanpur.

In terms of the match, because of the wet ground, Day 1 of the second Test began late. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, India’s opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill put up a good show, adding 80 runs. Following Gill’s dismissal, India’s batting collapsed, with Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli both dismissed for ducks, and Shreyas Iyer dismissed for 18. Ajaz Patel, a Kiwi spinner, was also the bowler who struck out all four Indian hitters on Day 1. Then Mayank Agarwal hammered a brilliant century, and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha offered excellent assistance, as India finished the day with 221 runs for the cost of four wickets. After winning the two-match Test series against New Zealand, India is ranked third with 58.33 percentage points in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 standings, while New Zealand is ranked sixth with 16.66 percentage points.

The Indian team dominated Day 2 of the Mumbai Test, but New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel made history by becoming only the third bowler in the 144-year history of Test cricket to take 10 wickets in an innings. Mayank Agarwal, who made 150 runs in the first innings, and Axar Patel, who hit his maiden half-century, were the standout performers for India in the first innings.