Team India registered their 9th consecutive Test series victory against Sri Lanka but not before the visitors put up some resilience and prevented the hosts from completing yet another drubbing.
Barring the 2nd Test in Nagpur, the Lankans played some good cricket in the series as mentioned by their skipper Dinesh Chandimal. Even on the final day of the series, two youngsters, Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva played out of their skin to eke out a draw for Sri Lanka.
The Indian batsmen performed exceptionally well through the series with captain Virat Kohli returning as the top scorer for the team. The bowling department of the Lankans lacked penetration, but on seam-friendly conditions in Kolkata, they troubled the hosts in the 1st innings and bowled them out for 172.
There were several brilliant performances from either team as India eventually won the series by 1-0 after the Lankans managed to salvage a draw in the three-match Test series.
Let us now have a look at five talking points from the series.
Virat Kohli’s exceptional run in the series
King Kohli was at his ominous best all through the series and treated the Sri Lankan bowlers with disdain. He was hardly troubled by any of the Lankan bowlers, as he kept on churning out runs after runs. Barring a duck in the 1st innings of the Kolkata Test, Kohli looked a man possessed, and it seemed impossible to get him out.
In the 2nd innings in Kolkata, the Modern Master smashed a sensational counter-attacking century which set up the match for India perfectly in the final session of the game. It was his attacking display of batting and a sporting declaration which was the difference between a full draw and a fascinating final day’s display.
In the following two Tests, Kohli smashed consecutive double centuries and went to the top of the list for captains with most Test double hundreds breaking the record held by Brian Lara. He also joined the elite list of batsmen to have scored 600 runs in a Test series on more than three occasions.