A streak that began in March 2013, is ongoing and has now resulted in a world record. The feat was achieved at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune after India thrashed the Proteas by an innings and 137 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series for the Gandhi-Mandela Trophy
Pune: India demolished South Africa on Sunday (October 13) to set a new world record in Test cricket. Virat Kohli and his men extended India’s domination in the five-day format at home.
A streak that began in March 2013, is ongoing and has now resulted in a world record. The feat was achieved at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune after India thrashed the Proteas by an innings and 137 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series for the Gandhi-Mandela Trophy.
With this latest success in the second Test of the Freedom Series, India achieved 11 consecutive Test series wins at home. They surpassed Australia’s sequence of 10 (twice), which was achieved under the leadership of Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting. Taylor and Waugh led to 10 series wins at home between 1994 and 2001 and later Ponting matched it from 2004 to 2008.
It is tough for any side to come to India and win a Test series. During the period where India achieved a world record from 2013 to now, they lost only one Test, to Australia, at home. This shows how strong they are in home conditions.
The ongoing streak began under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in February-March 2013 when the team whitewashed Australia 4-0 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
In the 11 Test series wins, Dhoni was in-charge of two while the rest, it was Kohli. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in December 2014 and then Kohli took charge.
In the current series against South Africa, India have been in to form right from the first day of the first Test in Visakhapatnam. The batsmen have flourished and then bowlers, both spinners and pacemen, have tormented the opposition batsmen.
With the ongoing Tests part of ICC World Test Championship, Kohli has promised no let up for the Faf du Plessis’s side as he is aiming a 3-0 clean sweep with points at stake. The third Test starts in Ranchi on October 19.
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“It’s been nice, but looking at the larger picture, the Test Championship, every game has even more value,” Kohli said after the win in Pune.
“We’re not going to take the foot off the gas in the third Test, we’re looking for a result again, and hopefully make it 3-0. Because these points are important, we understand that, with the Test Championship it’s going to be very crucial, at all the stages, when we play away from home as well. And no one’s going to relax at any stage, that’s a guarantee,” he added.
India are currently on top of the World Test Championship table with a whooping 200 points. They have so far been unbeaten with two wins apiece against the West Indies and South Africa.
Take a look at how India achieved a world record in Test cricket.
India's 11 consecutive Test series wins at home
1. February-March 2013 — 4-0 (4 Tests) vs Australia
2. November 2013 — 2-0 (2) vs West Indies
3. November-December 2015 — 3-0 (4) vs South Africa
4. September-October 2016 — 3-0 (3) vs New Zealand
5. November-December 2016 — 4-0 (5) vs England
6. February 2017 — 1-0 (1) vs Bangladesh
7. February-March 2017 — 2-1 (4) vs Australia
8. November-December 2017 — 1-0 (3) vs Sri Lanka
9. June 2018 — 1-0 (1) vs Afghanistan
10. October 2018 — 2-0 (2) vs West Indies
11. October 2019 — 2-0 (3) vs South Africa
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