Indian cricket team has lost a point from the World Test Championship (WTC) points tally as they made an offence during their first Test match against South Africa at Centurion. Despite winning the Test match, the Indian team lost one point because of the slow-over rate. After Virat Kohli’s Blues had a historic win against South Africa, they should have got 12 points as per the ICC rule made for this World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-2023. But, the Indian team got 11 points due to this offence and not only did ICC deduct a point, but they also charged 20 per cent of the match fee after the match was over.
The Indian team was exceptional in this five-day first Test match against South Africa as they completely dominated the game and won on the fifth day by a huge margin of 113 runs. Except for the host’s captain Dean Elgar, no one showed a fighting spirit in this match. Though Virat Kohli and company has won the first match at Centurion they need to win one more to get their hands on this three Test-match series.
“As per the Article 2.22 of the ICC code of conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” official statement of the ICC read.
India is not the only team who faced this deduction of points due to the slow-over rate, there are many other teams who faced the same. As per the rule of ICC made for this WTC 2021-2023, it is stated that if a team wins a match they will get 12 points, draws a match then 4 points and if there is a tie, then both the teams will get 6-6 points.