Selecting to bat first, Sri Lanka could only put up a target of 205 runs – in reply of which India racked up a massive 610/6 (dec).
With India clinching a dominant victory over the visitors – Sri Lanka – on the fourth day of the series’ second Test match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, the Men in Blue on Monday went on breaking a slew of records one after another – the biggest among which is Ravichandran Ashwin being the fastest bowler to take 300 Test wickets.
Claiming the wickets of Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath and Lahiru Gamage on the fourth day of the Test, Ashwin achieved the feat in his 54th test – breaking the record of Australian pacer Dennis Lillee, who took his 300th Test wicket in his 56th match. Earlier, the Indian spinner broke Lillee’s record of taking 250 Test wickets in 48 matches – as Ashwin reached the milestone in 45 Test matches.
Though the Sri Lankan squad led by skipper Dinesh Chandimal managed to escape defeat in the final day of the first Test match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the visitors displayed even more disappointing batting attack in the second match of the series – as India snatched a massive victory by an innings and 239 runs.
Winning the toss and selecting to bat first the Sri Lankans could only put up a target of 205 runs for the Men in Blue – in reply of which Virat Kohli and teammates racked up a massive 610/6 (dec). And with a woeful display of batting, Sri Lankan batsmen crumbled and lost seven wickets in the first session, heading towards their biggest defeat in Test cricket.
With key pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami being rested for the second test, Ashwin’s four wicket haul and the team’s aggressive bowling attack is certainly a morale booster for the Indian side.
However, with the inclusion of ace spinners like Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashwin and left armed all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja had been out of the India’s playing XI for the ODI matches. Ahead of the Nagpur Test, Indian skipper Virat Kohli clearly stated that there still isn’t a complete surety on the inclusion of Jadeja and Ashwin in the squad, when the team travels to South Africa.
“I can’t commit to that 100 per cent when we play abroad that we will be playing with two spinners, to be honest. It is because we need to have a look at the balance of the side as well. Obviously, those two guys with their batting abilities are both contenders to start a Test match depending upon the batsmen we are up against in the opposition,” said Virat Kohli.
Here is a look at the other feat achieved by the Men in Blue during the Nagpur Test:
- This was the biggest innings defeat for the Sri Lankans and the biggest innings win for India.
- India now has the second highest (30) 600+ scores in Test cricket – only after Australia (32).
- Among the captains, Virat Kohli has the third highest international centuries (22) – after Graeme Smith (33) and Ricky Ponting (41).
- Ravichandran Ashwin became the 6th Indian bowler – after Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath – to take 500 wickets in international cricket.
- Virat Kohli’s score in the first innings of the match was more than what the Sri Lankans scored in each of the two innings.
- Having completed 31 Test matches Virat Kohli is the third captain to achieve most number of wins (20) – after Steve Waugh (21) and Ricky Ponting (23).
- Kohli has not yet lost any Test series as the skipper of the squad since 2015.
- Kohli is also the fourth Indian batsman to score double centuries in Test against five different opponents.
- Other than Virat Kohli – Sachin Tendulkar too scored his fifth Test double century against Sri Lanka.