India, the world No 1 Test team, signed off an impressive phase by equaling the world record for most series wins after Sri Lanka fought to salvage draw in the final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground on Wednesday. What an end to this Test and the series. With the final Test between India and Sri Lanka ending in a draw at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla, Virat Kohli’s side equaled the record for most consecutive series wins. The Indian team now has nine straight series wins, at par with England and Australia.
On the final day of the third Test, the Lankan batsmen batted with intent and did not lose wickets easily, enabling them to draw the match. Dhananjaya de Silva (119) hit a fine century as he notched up his third Test century. However, the centurion could not bat through the match due to an injury and retired hurt just before tea. Following which, Niroshan Dickwella and Roshen Silva held the Lankan innings and batted throughout the rest of the day. For India, Ravindra Jadeja finished with the figures of three for 81. Kohli was adjudged as both the man of the match and series. Not for a single moment was the Lankan team under pressure as they tackled the Indian bowlers carefully on the final day. De Silva’s innings was the highlight of the first two sessions as he was hardly troubled by the Indian bowlers en route his third Test hundred. His innings was studded with 15 boundaries and a six off Ravichandran Ashwin. During the first session, Jadeja endured mixed luck with a couple of no-balls. The first one accounted for Angelo Mathews (1), with the umpires missing it altogether, while the second was a brilliant delivery to clean up Chandimal but the umpires were more cautious and promptly called him for overstepping.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the Player of the Match for his match haul of eight wickets. “Frankly speaking, it was tougher to bowl in the second innings as the surface was a lot drier,” he says. “But the ball was reversing, so that helped. When I made my debut, I was totally dependent on swing. International circuit tells you what you need to improve on. I worked hard on my fitness and that is paying off. We believed we could win. Virat said ‘Imagine we’re in this situation overseas. If we get two-three wickets early, it won’t be easy for them.’
Virat Kohli is Man of the Match and Man of the Series. Six double centuries in 18 months for the Indian skipper. Kohli collects HIS final trophy of the home season. If he’s picking up another one in the next 2-3 months, he’ll be absolutely ecstatic. The formalities are done with the photographs, and it will be around a month before we see this bunch in whites for South Africa. It already sounds exciting, and there’s still a month to let it foster.
lest have a look on records.
Most successive series wins for a team
>9 Australia (Oct 2005 – Jun 2008)
>9 India (July 2015 – Dec 2017) *
>8 England (July 1884 – Aug 1890) so far.
India’s series wins between July 2015 – Dec 2017
>2-1 vs SL, 2015 (A)0
>3-0 vs SA, 2015 (H)
>2-0 vs WI, 2016 (A)
>3-0 vs NZ, 2016 (H)
>4-0 vs Eng, 2016 (H)
>1-0 vs Ban, 2017 (H)
>2-1 vs Aus, 2017 (H)
>3-0 vs SL, 2017 (A)
>1-0 vs SL, 2017 (H)
India unbeaten at Kotla since 1988.
Virat kohli the skipper :It was a good series for me personally. I was hitting the ball pretty well. It was a revelation for me as well that I can play the same way in Tests as I do in ODIs, pushing the game forward. That was something I always hesitated to do. Even in Test cricket, there’s nothing called as a set pattern. When I wasn’t captain, it was very difficult for me to think of the situation all the time. When I was finding my feet, it was always about making sure that I get runs. When I used to reach a milestone, I used to get relaxed. Rohit, we’ve always believed that he can change the game in the lower middle order. He’s grabbed his chances really well. Everyone’s hitting the ball really well. There are few areas for us to work at, but the batting and bowling has been on point. Feels like a disappointment. They played really well. The pitch got really tired by the end. In hindsight, if we had grabbed our chances, we could have pushed harder. Slip catching and fielding, still need to work on it. Firstly, from his (Rahane) initial days, he’s always fielded at gully. Gully is a very difficult position to field at. So we trust him there, with his reflexes. Last time I took a break, it was very difficult to handle. But my body is wanting it right now. It has taken a toll in the last couple of years, and right now is the perfect time to take a break before South Africa.
Chandimal, Sri Lankan skipper :It was a really good series. Apart from the second game, we played some good cricket. Credit to the players and management. Most important thing was to execute the plans. Credit to the players. We got Rangana and Angelo, the most experienced players in our team. When Angelo performs well, the youngsters will watch him how to go about it. Credit to Dhananjaya and Roshen Silva in tough conditions against great bowlers. I’ve done a lot of hard work. I’ve made changes in my technique, and have worked with the batting coach. It was a tough time. In Sri Lanka, we aren’t used to this (talking about air quality), so we struggled for the first two days. Today is a fantastic day. Feels like Sri Lanka. Thanks to Indian fans for supporting us. Thanks to Virat and team, they’re really good. Wish them well for South Africa.
All the best team India for next ODI Series.