The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli is well on the verge of becoming India’s best-ever captain, former England skipper Michael Vaughan had tweeted after India beat Bangladesh in Indore. On Sunday, Kohli led India to another dominating win with an innings and 46-run win against Bangladesh in Kolkata, shattering a plethora of records in the process.
India outplayed Bangladesh in just an hour over two days of their maiden day-night Test to whitewash the visitors in the two-match series. Bangladesh were bowled out for 195 on Day 3, as India recorded their 12th-straight Test series win on home soil. Moreover, India became the first team to win four consecutive Tests by an innings margin.
Virat Kohli, who is already India’s most successful Test skipper, with 33 wins in 53 matches, brought up his 27th Test ton and 70th overall to help his team post a daunting total of 347/9 declared in the first innings in Kolkata. With the century, Virat has also surpassed former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting’s tally of 19 Test centuries as the captain. The list is led by former South Africa captain Graeme Smith with 25 hundreds.
Moreover, Kohli became the first Indian skipper to go score more than 5000 Test runs on Friday. He is the first Indian to score a hundred in day-night Tests, now has 41 centuries in 188 innings across formats as the captain. He is now at the top of the list alongside Ponting, who did so in 376 innings. Additionally, Virat also became the first captain to win four consecutive Test matches by an innings.
This is not all, with the win against Bangladesh in Indore, Kohli had registered his 10th innings win as India’s Test skipper when he surpassed MS Dhoni’s tally of nine and with his 11th victory, the 31-year-old extended his own record. In addition to this, the win at the Eden Gardens was also India’s seventh consecutive Test win as the hosts recorded their best-ever winning run in the Test cricket.
India had previously won six consecutive Tests under MS Dhoni in 2013.