India’s cornered cricketers produced a fantastic collective performance to outclass England by 203 runs in the third Test to keep the five-match series alive, on Wednesday.
Needing only a wicket on the final morning, India completed the formalities in only 2.5 overs as England were all out for 317, well short of the mammoth victory target of 521 runs.
India now trail England 1-2 but more importantly got some breathing space after a heart-breaking defeat in Edgbaston, followed by the debacle at the Lord’s.
The final wicket was taken by Ravichandran Ashwin, who dismissed James Anderson (11), caught by Ajinkya Rahane.
The heartening aspect was the kind of domination shown by the Indian team in what can easily be termed as a complete performance under Virat Kohli’s captaincy outside the sub-continent.
While openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan were solid if not spectacular, the new ball bowlers Ishant Sharma (2/32 and 2/70) and Mohammed Shami (1/56 and 1/78) were relentless in their attack.
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (81 in first innings) and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara (72 in second innings) also put their hands up when it mattered the most.
Hardik Pandya (five-for and half-century) produced an all-round performance with wickets and runs to justify his place and make a statement to the sceptics.
The slip catching improved by leaps and bounds with Rahul taking seven catches.
Rishabh Pant showed why he is considered a minefield of talent during his eventful stay at the crease.
Pant might still be a work in progress as far as glove-work is concerned but five catches in the first innings showed that it won’t be easy for the first choice Test keeper Wriddhiman Saha to just walk back into the team once he gets fit.
Last but not the least was skipper himself. Easily the best batsmen across both sides, Kohli has now taken his tally of runs to 440 after knocks of 97 and 103 in the third Test.
Most wins as captain after 38 Tests:
30 R Ponting
27 S Waugh
22 M Vaughan/ V Kohli
21 V Richards/ M Taylor
20 A Strauss
Most wins as captain for India:
27 MS Dhoni (60 matches)
22 V Kohli (38)
21 S Ganguly (49)
14 M Azharuddin (47)
Only the fifth time in last 24 Tests in England since the start of Ashes 2015, a Test match has lasted five days:
Eng vs SL, Lord’s, 2016
Eng vs Pak, Edgbaston, 2016
Eng vs SA, The Oval, 2017
Eng vs WI, Leeds, 2017
Eng v Ind, Trent Bridge, 2018
India winning multiple Tests outside Asia in the same calendar year:
Three in 1968 (in NZ)
Two each in – 1971 (Eng, WI); 1976 (NZ, WI); 1986 (Eng); 2002 (WI, Eng); 2005 (Zim); 2006 (WI, SA); 2016 (WI); 2018 (SA, Eng)
Most wickets by Indian pacers in a Test:
20 vs SA, Joburg, 2018
19 vs Eng, Trent Bridge, 2018
18 vs SA, Durban, 1996
18 vs WI, Bridgetown, 1997
18 vs SL, Kandy, 2001
Venues outside Asia where India have won multiple Tests:
3 Queen’s Park Oval
2 Eden Park, Leeds, Lord’s, MCG, Queen’s Sports Club, Sabina Park, Wanderers, Trent Bridge
Biggest wins for India against England by runs:
279 Leeds, 1986
246 Vizag, 2016
203 Trent Bridge, 2018
187 Kolkata, 1961/62
India winning third Test of a series after losing the first two:
vs WI, Kolkata, 1974-75 (85 runs)
vs Aus, MCG, 1977-78 (222 runs)
vs Aus, Perth, 2008 (72 runs)
vs SA, Joburg, 2018 (63 runs)
vs Eng, TB, 2018 (203 runs)
Teams winning after a 150+ runs innings defeat in previous Test of the series:
Eng v Aus, Sydney, 1954 (38r)
WI v Aus, Perth, 1997 (10w)
Aus v Ind, Bengaluru, 1998 (8w)
Ind v SL, Galle, 2008 (107r)
WI v Eng, Leeds, 2017 (5w)
Ind v Eng, Trent Bridge, 2018 (203r)
source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com