ICC TEST CHAMPIONSHIP
Since the emergence of T20, Test cricket has never been liked at all. The dilemma with test cricket is its day format. Most people nowadays do not have time to watch a game that may run 5 days and end as a draw . Since the emergence of T20 cricket, the format is short, fast and way more entertaining. The grounds are packed and the viewership is sky high, and this is killing test cricket’s existence in the cricket world.
To save test cricket, ICC came with an idea of having a Test championship that would be a on a Notional (ongoing points accumulation through all matches played) formatted. The best thing about this is that every match a team wins, they gain points, and these points end up deciding where the team will finish in the table.
Team India is right now the best test team in the world, and the ICC test championship justifies this with India being at the top of the table with 360 points.
TEAM M W L T D N/R PT SW RPWR 1India 7 7 0 0 0 0 360 3 2.897 2Australia 7 4 2 0 1 0 176 1 1.426 3New Zealand 2 1 1 0 0 0 60 0 1.401 4Sri Lanka 2 1 1 0 0 0 60 0 0.714 5England 5 2 2 0 1 0 56 0 0.864 6West Indies 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.411 7Pakistan 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.310 8Bangladesh 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.304 9South Africa 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.299
*Data as on 1/12/19
The brilliant Test-run of India started when Virat Kohli was named the Indian captain of the test team back in 2014.
Ever since then, India has been the best test team in the world without doubt. The following table shows his test records as a captain:
*Data of 1/12/2019
India started their Test Championship against West Indies on Aug 22 in West Indies. They won the series (2-0) courtesy of brilliant performances from Rahane, Vihari and Bumrah. Their next series, which saw South Africa coming to the Indian subcontinent was won by India (3-0) courtesy of brilliant performance from Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Shami. Their last test series was against Bangladesh in India. India won the series (2-0) courtesy of brilliant performances from Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and the Indian fast bowlers.
Till this moment of time, everything looks good for India. They have the most number of points in the test championship table. Not only they have more points, they have more points than all the other teams combined. But, this series is a very big tournament: it stretches till 2021 and anything is possible; but the way India is playing, it looks like India is already is in the final that will be played in Lords in 2021. Lets hope this move by ICC saves test cricket!