India’s 13th consecutive Test series victory at home on Saturday also secured their place in the June final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • India won 12, lost 4 and drew 1 Test out of 17 matches in the World Test Championship
  • India beat England to clinch a record 13th successive Test series win on home soil
  • India is the only team to go past the 500-point mark in the competition

India completed a remarkable turnaround in Ahmedabad on Saturday to beat England in the series-finale and qualify for the World Test Championship final.

India’s 13th consecutive Test series victory at home also secured their place in the June final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand.

Having conceded a first-innings lead of 160, England needed a vastly improved batting performance in their bid to level the series. But their frailties against spin bowling were laid bare again as Joe Root’s men folded for 135 with more than two days to spare in the match.

India’s spin duo of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin wreaked havoc, taking all 10 wickets between them. Dan Lawrence was England’s highest scorer in the second innings with 50 runs.

ROAD TO THE WTC FINAL

India has been the most consistent and successful team in the WTC so far with 12 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw from the 17 Tests they played since August 2019.

Along the way India won Test series against West Indies, South Africa, Bangladesh and England at home while their only overseas triumph during this time came in Australia.

India won 2 Tests against West Indies, Bangladesh and Australia while they beat South Africa and England in 3 matches each to consolidate their top position in the WTC points table. Their lone draw during this period came against Australia in the Sydney Test in January, 2021.

India is the only team to go past the 500-point mark in the competition and the only team to register 12 wins.

India skipper Virat Kohli even spoke about the WTC qualification after the Ahmedabad Test win, saying that it had become a distraction for his players since last year.

“Now, we can accept and admit that we are in the WTC final; it was a distraction for us. It did become a bit of distraction for us in New Zealand, but we took it one game at a time since,” Kohli said after the match.

India’s only series loss in the World Test Championship came in New Zealand last year when they went down by 10 and 7 wickets in the matches at Wellington and Christchurch in February, 2020.



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