Virat Kohli (Image: PTI)
Virat Kohli is now India's most successful Test captain. Kohli reached the milestone and surpassed as India beat West Indies by 257 runs in Jamaica on Monday. Kohli had 27 wins to his credit before the Jamaica Test match, but with the win, Kohli took his tally to 28 wins in the longest format of the game. Virat overtook MS Dhoni who had scripted 27 Test wins from 60 matches.
India won seven out of the eight matches against West Indies on this tour while one ODI match was washed out. India had defeated Windies in the T20I and ODI series. The Men in Blue had outclassed West Indies 3-0 in the 20-over format series whereas they defeated the team from the Caribbean 2-0 in the ODI series.
Kohli had become the most successful Indian captain in overseas Tests when India had registered a comprehensive 318-run win in the first Test match in Antigua. Kohli had gone past former captain Sourav Ganguly to achieve the feat.
India won the two-match series 2-0 and have moved to the top of World Test Championship standings with 120 points. This win was the eighth consecutive series victory for India over Windies.
Resuming day four at 45/2, Windies were given a big blow as overnight batsman Darren Bravo walked off the field after suffering a delayed concussion and Jermaine Blackwood was named as the substitute. Roston Chase joined Shamarh Brooks in the middle. Chase and Brooks did not go in their shell and they counter-attacked to put the Indian bowling lineup under pressure. The duo managed to stitch together a partnership of 42 runs, but their resistance came to an end as Ravindra Jadeja scalped the wicket of Chase (12).
Shimron Hetmyer was sent back to the pavilion by Ishant Sharma, reducing Windies to 98/4. Jadeja had dismissed Blackwood at first slip, but replays showed that the bowler overstepped, so the batsman was called back to the field. Blackwood kept on playing in an aggressive manner and he along with Brooks ensured the team did not lose more wickets, and as a result, Windies went to the lunch break with a score of 145/4.
Jasprit Bumrah got Blackwood (38) caught behind and then India got two wickets in succession as both Brooks and Jahmar Hamilton returned back to pavilion. Kohli displayed good fielding skills to run-out Brooks (50) whereas Jadeja had Hamilton (0) caught at second slip to leave Windies at 177/7.
Mohammad Shami dismissed Rahkeem Cornwall (1) and Kemar Roach (5)- both caught by Pant - to leave Windies at 206/9. Jadeja got the final wicket as he dismissed Holder (39), bundling out Windies for 210 to hand India the victory.