Captain Virat Kohli along with his trusted lieutenant ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has helped Indian cricket team clinch historic series win against England.
Captain Virat Kohli along with his trusted lieutenant ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has helped Indian cricket team clinch historic series win against England. Since the time he took the captaincy in Australia, sublime Kohli has played near impeccable and epic knocks while Ashwin has spun web that successfully strangulated the opposition teams. However, while it has been a veni, vidi, vici kind of journey for Kohli & Co., one statistics that will give Indian cricket fans nightmares is that Misbah ul Haq, captain of the arch-rival Pakistan, still holds the tag of most successful Asian captain by winning his 10th series after beating West Indies a couple of months back. Former Indian captains Saurav Ganguly and MS Dhoni had won nine Test series each. But Virat Kohli has every possible chance to surpass that record. Already a few records have tumbled. Indian cricket team under Kohli is now unbeaten in 17 Test matches and has equalled their record for the longest run without a Test defeat. Notably, their last defeat came against Sri Lanka in Galle in August 2015. Indian cricket enjoyed a similar run between September 1985 and March 1987. Also the series victory against England was India’s fifth win in a row, a streak that started with the 2-1 win in Sri Lanka last year. They beat South Africa 3-0 at home, West Indies 2-0 away and New Zealand 3-0 at home before this series win. This is their joint-longest stretch of series wins. Same feat was achieved between October 2008 and January 2010.
Age plays a crucial factor and Misbah is now 42 and questions have been raised about his future. On the other hand, Kohli, who is 28 year-year-old, has lot more to offer. Kohli, who seems to raise his game every time he faces Pakistan, will surely want to change that hierarchy and ascend the throne sooner rather than later. One of the greatest football managers of all time Sir Alex Ferguson once said “My greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f#### perch. And you can print that” to underline rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool. We hope a matured Kohli will let his bat talk and topple Misbah ul Haq.