India beat the Windies by 257 runs on Day 4 to sweep the series 2-0 and consolidate their position at the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table. It was India’s first clean-sweep in a Test series in the Caribbean.
The victory saw Virat Kohli surpass MS Dhoni’s record of 27 Test wins, to become the most successful captain for India in Test cricket.
With 28 wins, Virat Kohli ranks 3rd on the list of captains with most victories after 48 Tests behind Steve Waugh (36) and Ricky Ponting (33). Next up in Kohli’s sights will be Graeme Smith and Ricky Ponting who have 53 and 48 wins respectively.
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The win in Jamaica Test was also Kohli’s eighth triumph as India’s Test captain outside Asia. Meanwhile, Kohli’s biggest overseas Test series win as the captain came when he ended India’s 71-year-long wait for a Test series triumph in Australia in 2019.
After Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game during the tour of Australia in 2014, Kohli took over. He has since led India to victories over Australia, England and New Zealand at home and 2-1 and 4-1 losses in South Africa and England respectively.
Dhoni had a win percentage of 45 as captain, after winning 27 matches, losing 18 and drawing 15. On the other hand, Kohli’s win percentage is 55.31 — the best among all other Indian captains in the format. In the 48 Tests under Virat Kohli, India have registered 28 wins, lost 10 games and drawn another 10.
Sourav Ganguly is third on the list with 21 wins from 49 matches as skipper with 13 losses and 15 draws. Dada had a win percentage of 42.85.
Kohli had also surpassed Sourav Ganguly with the most Test wins in overseas matches for India as captain in the first Test of the series. Kohli now has 13 away wins as captain in 26 matches, while Ganguly had 11 wins in 28 games.
Chasing a near-impossible target of 468, West Indies batting once again failed to show stomach for a good fight as they caved in for 210 in 59.5 overs, well inside the fourth day.
The bowling quartet of Ishant Sharma (2/37 in 12 overs), Mohammed Shami (3/65 in 16 overs), Jasprit Bumrah (1/31 in 11 overs) and lone spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3/58 in 16.5 overs) were relentless in their pursuit of maintaining a tight leash on the home team batsmen.
The win took India’s points tally to 120 after two games and they lead the nine-team table even though Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa are yet to begin their bilateral campaign as a part of the championship.