As India registered a mammoth victory over a formidable England, equalizing the series in stunning fashion, Virat Kohli surpassed MS Dhoni in the number of victories at home as he chronicled a remarkable figure next to his name.
Axar Patel pulled off a rippling fiver to dismantle England in the second innings that saw the crucial scalps of Dom Sibley, Jack Leach, Joe Root, Ollie Pope and Olly Stone that left England tumbling like a house of cards. Ashwin chimed in with another resonating 3-wicket haul that claimed the important scalps of Ben Stokes, Dan Lawrence and Rory Burns. Kuldeep chipped with a crucial cameo that earned him two important wickets.
However, after this victory, India will now be raring to post a pompous series win over the Three Lions that could turn things around in their favor after a docile submission against England in the first Test.
We will be sneaking a quick glance at the top five captains in India’s glittering Test antiquity at home.
India’s original master-blaster, Sunil Gavaskar lies in the fifth position as he captained India in 29 Test matches at home. Sunny’s India managed to wring out 7 victories and lost 2 encounters. The more staggering feature of his leadership legacy was the number of draws that read 20. His win percentage reads 24.1.
The man who redefined India’s resounding legacy in Test cricket, Saurav Ganguly penned an incredible feat at Eden Gardens when India turned around a follow-on and imposed a rippling victory on an irrepressible Australia. Out of the 21 games in which he led India at home, he managed to win 10 games which were countered by three defeats. The remaining eight games were a draw that led to his win percentage of 47.6.
One of the most elegant captains of India who was an iconic batsman, to say the least, Mohammad Azharuddin led India in 20 Test matches at home. Despite India being heavily reliant on Sachin at that point in time, he still managed to wring out 13 victories from the same. His Team India was defeated in 4 matches while they managed to draw three. He boasted a win percentage of 65.
It was on this very day, that India’s favourite Mahi was toppled from the perch by Chiku or whom we more popularly know as Virat Kohli. Dhoni won 21 games from 30 matches. Out of the remaining games, he lost three as a captain at home while he drew 6.
Kohli led the Indian brigade for 28 Test matches at home now. Despite bowling down to England in humiliating fashion in the series opener, his team fought back in the loudest ways in the second Test and thumped the visitors by a staggering 317 runs to register Kohli’s 21st victory in lesser matches than Dhoni.