India takes the lead after Pakistan's humiliating loss against Australia in Perth

India takes the lead after Pakistan’s humiliating loss against Australia in Perth. On Sunday, December 17, there was a significant shift in the World Test Championship (WTC) standings as Team India emerged as the leader despite having faced South Africa in the One-Day International (ODI) format. Pakistan’s humiliating loss to Australia in the opening Test match, which they lost by a whopping 360 runs in Perth, prompted a significant change at the top. Despite having the same victory % as their bitter rivals, Pakistan had to give up their top rank to India as a result of the outcome.

India was doubly happy after beating South Africa in the first ODI and losing to Australia in the first Test. Shan Masood’s team entered the match with a perfect record, having won both of its games (100 win %) in the WTC 2023–25 cycle. 

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They lost in Perth, though, and their win percentage dropped to 66.67, the same as India’s. Nevertheless, since India, the two-time runners-up, haven’t dropped a game this WTC cycle, they are now ahead of Pakistan. India now has a win percentage of 66.67 after one victory and one tie in three matches, compared to two victories and one loss for Pakistan.

Surprisingly, after winning three games in the WTC 2023–25 cycle, the reigning champions, Australia, are fifth in the rankings. After six games thus far, they have three victories, two losses, and one draw. 

Earlier in the year, the Ashes hosted all of the losses and the draw. With one victory and one loss apiece, New Zealand and Bangladesh are tied for third place. Sri Lanka and South Africa have not yet played in this round of the World Tennis Championship; the West Indies and England are ranked sixth and seventh respectively.

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