As Team India completed their 203-run trouncing of the visiting South African team, the inaugural edition of ICC World Test Championship moves one step further into what has been a fantastic initiation for Test supremacy so far. After just two months into the tournament, the ongoing championship has already witnessed several Day 5 finishes, close matches, great centuries and thrilling fast-bowling spells. In the three contested series so far (with fourth one still running), World No 1 Test side India whitewashed their hosts West Indies in a one-sided affair. In Sri Lanka, the New Zealand team won their 2nd Test match to level the two-match series against the island nation. The 2019 Ashes, which also saw some of the most closely fought matches between two teams in recent memory, ended in a 2-2 draw after hosts England won their final Test by 135 runs against Australia.
Shami takes the final wicket – his fifth of the innings – and closes out a big win for India. That's 40 more ICC World Test Championship points in their kitty!#INDvSA SCORECARD 👇https://t.co/dCGJ4Pcug5 pic.twitter.com/HlTk4dU3Kz— ICC (@ICC) October 6, 2019
After playing three matches, the Indian team is the only participating nation which has scored a perfect 160 points from their allotted matches. Virat Kohli-led team is yet to lose or draw a game as the World No 1 Test side have re-affirmed their reign in the Test championship as well. Team India became the No 1 ranked Test team in October 2016 and have continued their helm at the top ever since.
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Teams like Pakistan and Bangladesh are yet to open their campaigns in the ongoing two-year tournament. The Bangladeshi team will be making their ICC World Test Championship debut against India on November 14 while Pakistan will be touring Australia for a two-match Test series this November-December.