Virat Kohli Becomes India Successful Overseas Test Captain
The Indian team led by Virat Kohli beat the West Indies by 318 points on Sunday to take a zero lead in the two-game try-out series. While India was the favourite to win the match, few expected such an easy route for the visitors. Just a few months ago this year, the West Indies had beaten England in the tests and had to give India the courage to win.
The West Indies started the match on a positive note by beating India for a modest 297 in the first innings. However, from then on, things didn’t go as planned. They were all absent for only 222 in their first innings to concede a 75-point lead. In response, India overlapped a century of Ajinkya Rahane and some fifty of Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari, to declare 343 for 7 and set the hosts an unlikely goal of 419.
In response, the West Indies collapsed dramatically to be just 100 runs. With the Indian pacers blowing, the West Indies had no chance. Half of their team was back in the pavilion with only 15 points on the board. At one point, they were 50 to 9. However, thanks to a 50-point partnership between Miguel Cummins and Kemar Roach, the organisers managed to hit the 100-runs mark.
For India, Jasprit Bumrah was the star of the show with the ball. The playmaker caught five wickets for just 7 points, while Ishant Sharma took three wickets to complete the demolition work. With 318 races, India has now won the most victories abroad.
Captain Virat Kohli becomes the most successful Overseas test captain of India after the victory. He became India’s most successful captain of tests abroad after recording his 12th win overseas as captain.
Virat Kohli has now won overseas as an Indian skipper. He broke Sourav Ganguly’s record (11 overseas wins) and became India’s most successful captain in distance testing. Virat Kohli broke Sourav Ganguly’s history (11 wins abroad) and became India’s most successful captain in away practice. Kohli recorded his 12th win in his 26th Test. MS Dhoni (6) and Rahul Dravid (5) are third and fourth, respectively.
Overall, it was Kohli’s 27th Test win as captain. He tied with MS Dhoni with the most victories as captain of India.