Team India (Photo-AFP)
Team India (Photo-AFP)

Virat Kohli’s Team India may have faltered at the final hurdle in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship [WTC] but that shouldn’t take away the fact that the former No.1 ranked team was the best side during the two-year cycle.

India won 5 out of the 6 series they played during the WTC cycle and their percentage win of 72.2 was the best among all teams that featured in the competition.

From Rohit Sharma to Ajinkya Rahane to Ashwin to skipper Virat Kohli to Rishabh Pant to Ishant Sharma, each and every individual chipped in with impactful performances at various stages of the competition.

WTC, India, Sourav Ganguly, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane. Image Credits: Twitter

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, in a recent interview, hailed the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, R. Ashwin, and several other Indian cricketers whose contributions ensured that the team had a stellar run during the cycle.

Ganguly was particularly effusive in his praise for veteran seamer Ishant Sharma for his stupendous show during the World Test Championship.

India, Dinesh Karthik, Ishant Sharma
Ishant celebrates after dismissing Devon Conway [Image-Twitter]
The former Indian skipper also pointed out Ishant’s stellar achievement of becoming only the second Indian pacer to play  100 Test matches after Kapil Dev which he achieved against England during the day-night Test in Ahmedabad earlier this year.

Ishant Sharma was the third-highest wicket-taker in the cycle for Team India. In 10 Tests, the Delhi seamer claimed 39 wickets at an average of 17.79- the best among all Indian bowlers.

Ganguly also lauded champion spinner R. Ashwin, who finished the cycle as the leading wicket-taker- 71 wickets in 14 Tests at 20.33.

”Everyone has contributed in this WTC journey. Ajinkya Rahane has been the highest scorer for India in the WTC. Don’t forget Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. For Ishant, a fast bowler, to have played 100 Tests, is not a mean achievement. After Kapil Dev, he is the only Indian pace bowler to have done so. There have been worthy contributions from Rohit Sharma, Rahane and skipper Virat Kohli. Ravichandran Ashwin has performed with the ball right through,” Sourav Ganguly told The Week Magazine in an interview.

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