Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Following a win over India in Indore Test, Australia have already secured their place in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final. The Rohit Sharma-led Team India is currently the frontrunner for the second spot in the final of the much-awaited event.

Though, India are still determined to enter the final, their plans may be thwarted by Sri Lanka.

Currently, India are taking on Australia in the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Sri Lanka will face New Zealand in a two-match Test series and the Dimuth Karunaratne-led team could potentially damage India’s hope of entering the WTC final.

A resurgent Sri Lankan team has the potential to upset India’s chances of entering the WTC final by performing well in their upcoming Test series against the Kiwis. If Sri Lanka manage to win both the Tests against New Zealand, they will earn crucial points that could push India out of the reckoning for the all-important match.

However, India’s fate is not entirely in Sri Lanka’s hands. India must also perform well in the fourth and the final Test against Australia to secure their spot in the final. However, Sri Lanka’s show against the Kiwis could certainly play an important role in determining the second finalist of WTC.

Another equation is a win in the fourth Test against Australia would secure a spot in the WTC final for India. In that scenario, even if Sri Lanka manage to win both the Test matches against New Zealand, they will be out of the race.