India showcased why they are being regarded as one of the toughest countries to tour by demolishing a visiting South African side 3-0 in the Test series that concluded in Ranchi on Tuesday.
The Asian giants, led by Virat Kohli, have now won 11 consecutive Test series at home and are on top of the ICC Test ranking charts. With 5 wins on the trot after the 2019 World Cup, India are numero uno on ICC World Test Championship table with 240 points, 180 more than 2nd-placed New Zealand.
As it turns out, Virat Kohli’s record as captain against South Africa in Tests is staggering. Kohli has led India to 7 wins in 10 Tests against South Africa. On the other hand, India have managed to win only 7 out of 29 Tests wherein Kohli was not leading the side against South Africa.
After clinching a 3-0 win in a 4-Test series against South Africa at home in 2015-16, Kohli’s touring side fell to a 2-1 defeat following a valiant battle in South Africa in 2018. In the recently-concluded 3-Test series, India completed their 1st-ever 3-0 whitewash of South Africa.
Notably, Virat Kohli also became the 1st Indian captain to complete 3 series whitewashes in Test cricket. Mohammad Azharuddin had 2 and MS Dhoni had 1 series whitewsah.
Before this, Virat Kohli’s men had whitewashed New Zealand (3-0) in a home series in 2016 and Sri Lanka (3-0) in an away series in 2017.
In the 3-0 win over South Africa, India also achieved a rare feat of declaring and bowling out the opposition in each innings of the series. India became only the 2nd side in Test cricket history to achieve the feat. Sri Lanka had achieved the feat for the 1st time in Test history against Bangladesh in 2007.
Captain Virat Kohli heaped rich praise on his team, saying his men are committed to the goal of becoming the best Test side going around.
Speaking about the goals which the team has set for itself, the Indian skipper said, “As I said, even without much experience, we travelled very well. We believe we can win anywhere. As long as we keep working with honest intent, those things will follow.”
“We have wanted to be the best team in Test cricket, and as long as we compete, things will work out well for us,” he added.
Source – India Today