The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli led India to their fourth consecutive innings win in Tests as the hosts bundled out Bangladesh for 195 on Day 3 of the second Test in Kolkata on Sunday. After clinching the series, Virat showered praises for the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly as he thanked the latter for establishing a winning culture.
During the post-match presentation, Kohli said, “The idea is to establish yourself in the middle and we have learned to stand up and give it back. It all started with Dada’s team and we are just carrying it forward.”
After Kohli’s comments, former India batting legend, Sunil Gavaskar reminded the current skipper that India used to win even in the 1970s and 1980s.
During the post-match show, Gavaskar said, “This is a fantastic win but I would like to make a point. The Indian captain said that this thing started in 2000 with Dada’s (Ganguly’s) team. I know Dada is the BCCI President, so maybe Kohli wanted to say nice things about him. But India was also winning in the ’70s and ’80s. He wasn’t born then.”
Gavaskar also mentioned that many people think that India had started winning after the 2000s but India had won away from home 30 years back.
The batting legend explained, “A lot of people still think that cricket started only in the 2000s. But the Indian team won overseas in the ’70s. The Indian team also won away in 1986. India also drew series overseas. They lost as other teams did.”
In the match, which was India’s first pink-ball Test, the hosts bundled out Bangladesh for 106 in the first innings and then declared their innings at 347 for nine on Day 2. On Saturday, India already managed to break the back of Bangladesh’s batting line up by picking up six wickets before stumps.
Umesh Yadav took just four overs to wrap up Bangladesh’s second innings as India extended their lead at the top of the ICC World Test Championship with 360 points under their belt.