A Look at the Captaincy of Virat Kohli, 17 Matches Unbeaten, 5 Consecutive Series Win

After dominating the series through some serious score totals for the innings, the Indian cricket team defeated the English side by an innings and 36 runs to clinch the five- Test series 3-0.

Ravichandran Ashwin blew away the lower order with another superb effort of 6 for 55 as England were bundled out for 19 in 55.3 over’s with just eight over’s being required on the final day.

With this India has equaled its record of 17 tests without  a loss and this is the longest period of tests without losing since September 1985 and March 1987.

This is how India’s record in Tests over the last 17 Tests reads like: W W W D W W W D W D W W W D W W W.

This is also a momentous occasion for Virat Kohli – again equally the all-time record of winning the fifth-consecutive series, having started the juggernaut with Sri Lanka, South Africa and continuing with West Indies, New Zealand and now England.

Here’s a look at the record equaling run.

Sri Lanka vs India, 2015 (India won 2-1)

It started out as the farewell series of Kumar Sangakarra. This was also the first time Virat Kohli was in charge of the side after taking over from MS Dhoni. The series did not start on the right note with Sri Lanka winning the first match in Galle after a shocking fourth innings collapse of the Indian batting lineup.

And from then, there has been no looking back for this Indian Team. The team won the next two tests by 278 and 117 runs, recording their first Test series win in Sri Lanka in 22 years.

Ravichandran Ashwin put in a stellar performance bagging Sangakarra in four out of four innings and finishing with 21 wickets and man of the series award.

India vs South Africa, 2015 (India won 3-0)

The series, named as the Freedom Series, was marred by controversy with the pitches being rank turner. The Indian cricket team was the final winner of the series clinching the series 3-0. They defeated the World No. 1 South African side. Hashim Amla’s side was outplayed throughout the series and the only match they didn’t end up winning was the one which was played in Bangalore, which  was washed out due to rain.

The man of the series was again Ravichandran Ashwin who with 31 wickets in 4 matches earned him the title of tormentor in chief.

West Indies vs India (India won 2-0)

Virat’s first full International tour as captain did not feel like a cakewalk as many would have predicted. India’s team was constantly put under pressure but Kohli’s men showed good character to overcome – with Ashwin is coming to the fore as an all-rounder, scoring two Test centuries in the four match series. The first match saw the captain Kohli score the first of his three double centuries in the series in 2016. With the final match getting washed out- it was the third shortest test as it was washed out, India climbed to the top position in the Test only before Pakistan took over.

With six men of the series awards, Ashwin went past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehway who had five each.

India vs New Zealand, 2016 (India won 3-0)

India’s biggest domestic season with the number of test being hosted in the country began with a bang. The 500th Indian Test was held in Kanpur and was the benchmark for their domination throughout the series. India won the series 3-0 with Ashwin dominating the Kiwi batsmen. The teams have won in Kolkata saw them take over from Pakistan for the No. 1 Test Ranking. The man of the series again, Ravichandran Ashwin.

India vs England, 2016 (India have won 3-0, with one match to play)

This series was famously named as the #ScoretoSettle with England having won three of the last three test series against India- two in England and one in India in 2012. Kohli’s personal record was under the scanner with him failing to trouble the scoreboard during their last series in England in 2014.

After is taking a little beating in the first test in Rajkot, drawing out the test, the team won the next three tests is Vizag, Mohali and Mumbai.

With the scores settled, India will look to be unbeaten in the 18th Test in a row in the fifth and final test in Chennai.