Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra believes that Team India are in a spot of concern in their quest to qualify for the World Test Championship (WTC) final. Virat Kohli’s Indian side reached the final before New Zealand beat them. However, they are currently placed fifth in the WTC points table and have a lot of work to do to reach the top two as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra observed: “Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa – they are all above us if you see the World Test Championship points table for this cycle. We are in the fifth spot and New Zealand are sixth, the two finalists of the last cycle. We will win the next Test against Sri Lanka but we are in slight trouble at the moment.”
Aakash Chopra explained: “This is our fourth series already and none of the other teams have played four till now. All have played between one and three series. We have played a lot, we couldn’t win against New Zealand at home, won the series 1-0, one match was drawn, that was a loss. You lost two Tests in South Africa, that was a loss as well.”
Aakash Chopra also believes Team India need to whitewash Australia at home to be there at the top.
He elaborated: “You will have to get 100% points in the four-Test home series against Australia, which means you will have to win all four Tests. If you lose even one match, you will get 75% points and if another gets drawn, it will become even lesser. You cannot have a draw, it cannot rain.”
“We are 1-0 ahead in the ongoing series. We will win that 2-0, so 100% points. We have to play two Tests in Bangladesh. We have the full expectation of winning, full confidence but we are playing away from home. There is one Test remaining in England. It’s not going to be easy,” Aakash Chopra concluded.