India solidify top position in World Test Championship standings with big win over England

India secured a massive victory in the fifth and final Test in Dharamsala, propelling them to a 4-1 series win over England and consolidating their position at the top of the ICC World Test Championship standings.

Two-time finalists India have further consolidated their position at the top of the World Test Championship table with a solid win over England. The victory an innings and 64 runs in Dharamsala helped them gain 12 crucial WTC points, taking their tally to 74. This has lifted their point percentage from 64.58 to 68.51.

Rohit Sharma's side reached the top position last week after New Zealand slipped to the second place following their loss to Australia in Wellington. The Black Caps have a point percentage of 60, while their Trans-Tasman rivals Australia are in third place with 59.09.

For England, a fourth straight loss in India keeps them in the eighth place in the standings, witnessing a drop in their point percentage, down to 17.5 from 19.44 previously.

Having secured a series win with a stellar fightback in the Ranchi Test, India dominated all three days of the fifth Test. England skipper Ben Stokes elected to bat after winning the toss, and the call was backed by his top-order, who added 100 for the loss of one wicket. However, Kuldeep Yadav (5/72) unfurled his magic in the second session. His fourth Test five-for helped bowl England out for 218, while R Ashwin, in his 100th Test, also contributed with 4/51 in the first innings.

A century partnership between Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal led India's response. Though Jaiswal fell for 57, after becoming just the second Indian to score more than 700 runs in a Test series, Rohit and Shubman Gill continued India's charge. Both the batters scored a hundred each and added 171 runs for the second wicket.

Half-centuries from debutant Devdutt Padikkal (65) and Sarfaraz Khan (56) along with a fighting 49-run partnership between Kuldeep and Jasprit Bumrah helped India finish at 477.

For England, Shoaib Bashir was the pick of the bowlers with his 5/173. James Anderson finished at 2/60, and with the wicket of Kuldeep on the third morning, he became the first-ever pacer to claim 700 Test wickets.

With a lead of 259 runs, the hosts were well ahead of the game. Led by Ashwin's 36th Test five-wicket haul, India bowled out England for 195 in the second innings. Joe Root stood tall with a fighting 84, as the rest of the line-up crumbled.

This was India's third successive series win over England at home.

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