Indian captain Virat Kohli led India to a victory over England in the second Test by 317 runs equaling MS Dhoni’s record for the most successful Test captain in India. India produced a fine performance against England in the second Test to level the series 1-1 going into the third pink-ball Test at Ahmedabad. England was outplayed in all departments and they will fancy their chances of a comeback in the day-night game.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the star performer for India with the bat and ball as he took a fifer in the first innings and followed it up with a century on one of the toughest pitches in the second innings. Rohit’ 162 in the first innings and Axar’s fifer in the second innings were crucial alongside contributions from Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, and Virat Kohli. India needs a win and a draw against England in the remaining two Tests to qualify for the World Test championship final at Lords in July.
Virat Kohli Becomes Joint Most Successful Captain Of India
Virat Kohli is on the verge of becoming the most successful Test captain of India as he has won 21 Tests out of the 28 Tests that he has captained in India. MS Dhoni has also won 21 Tests out of 30 Tests he has captained India and it is only a matter of time till Kohli goes past the legendary Dhoni. Kohli has lost just two Tests so far in his campaign as captain at home while Dhoni had lost three Tests at home in his captaincy career.
Joe Root could not continue his rich vein of form in the second Test as he got dismissed cheaply in the first innings by the debutant Axar Patel. Moeen Ali was the top scorer for England in the second innings with a quickfire 43. Moeen hit Axar for three consecutive sixes down the ground but didn’t last long as he was stumped by Rishabh pant of the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav.
Axar’s Dream Debut For India
Axar picked up a fifer on debut in the second innings and became the ninth Indian bowler to do so in Tests. The spin-friendly conditions at Chennai were a nightmare for the England batsman and the Indian spin bowlers were on target giving no easy runs. Axar fired into the batsman at good speeds and with the oddball turning, the England batsman had a tough time.
Virat Kohli will be looking to stamp his name in the history of books as the most successful test captain of India within the remaining Tests.