Virat Kohli became the most successful India captain in red-ball cricket after the No1 Test side completed a crushing 257-run win in Jamaica on Monday.
India cruised to a 2-0 series win on Day Four after bowling the Windies out for 210 with Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja picking up three wickets each.
The win gave India full 120 points in the new ICC Test Championship and also took Kohli’s tally to 28 wins in the longest format. His record now stands at 28 wins and 10 defeats from 48 matches, making him the most successful Indian Test captain. He overtook MS Dhoni who had 27 wins from 60 matches in charge. Sourav Ganguly is third on the list with 21 wins from 49 Tests.
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The West Indies started the day on 45-2 but suffered an early blow when overnight batsman Darren Bravo had to return to the pavilion after suffering delayed concussion following a blow to the head by a Jasprit Bumrah bouncer on Day Three.
The Windies used Jermaine Blackwood as the concussion substitute but that didn’t make much of a difference as the Indian bowlers continued to produce wicket-taking deliveries.
Shamarh Brooks hit a fine fifty before he was run-out by an acrobatic throw from Kohli while Blackwood was caught behind for 38. The two added 61 runs for the fifth wicket but that only delayed the inevitable.
West Indies were bowled out for 210 in 59.5 overs, handing India another big win following their 318-run victory in the first. Jadeja finished with 3-58 and Shami with 3-65.
Jadeja lacked discipline on Monday as he first took the wicket of Brooks off a no-ball and even the scalp of Jahmar Hamilton was a lucky one as it too could have been ruled out for overstepping the crease.
It was quite the day for Shami who had earlier been issued a warrant to appear in a court back home in Kolkata in relation to the harassment case filed by his estranged wife.
India captain Virat Kohli has won many accolades over the years. Not only has he been named ICC Player of the Year for the last two years, he has been awarded India’s highest sporting honour – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – and the country’s fourth highest civilian award – the Padma Shri.
Kohli already has numerous batting records to his name and regularly features in the Forbes list for the highest paid athletes.
On Sunday, the star India batsman received another major recognition with his state Delhi deciding to name a stand after him at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
The Delhi and Districts Cricket Association has already recognised some of the biggest names of Delhi cricket – like Virender Sehwag and Bishan Singh Bedi – by naming stands in their honour. Now Kohli joins the elite list and becomes one of the very few players to receive such a recognition while still playing.
DDCA president Rajat Sharma said: “Virat Kohli’s outstanding contribution to world cricket has done DDCA proud. To cherish these memories, DDCA wanted to dedicate a stand in his name. I’m sure the ‘Virat Kohli Stand’ will be a source of inspiration for Delhi’s young cricketers.”
Sachin Tendulkar has a stand named after him at the Wankhede Stadium. The Beausejour Ground in Saint Lucia was renamed the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in 2016.
Virat scored his second successive ton to steer India to a six-wicket win over the Windies in the third ODI in Port of Spain.
That match was reduced to 35 overs per side and the hosts posted 240-7, which was revised to a target of 255 under DLS method.
Kohli hit 14 boundaries during his knock of 114 not out from 99 balls and was well supported by Iyer who smashed five sixes as he made 64 from 41 balls.
The India skipper said Iyer is as hungry to score and make an impact as he was earlier in his career.
“He understood the value of performing in these situations,” Kohli said . “It will only boost his confidence further. I was exactly the same when I came in – any opportunity I got I wanted to win games for my team and play according to the situation and you have to take risks. He was brave under pressure. You need to reveal your game to realise who you are, what your game is and what kind of a player you are.”
Kohli said Iyer, who hit his second straight fifty, has put his hand up to cement a spot in the Indian middle order.
“Both times he was batting with me, I’ve been around for a while, and he wasn’t intimidated at all, he was very confident, very sure of his game. I think that is great to see, hopefully he builds on to this and keeps performing like this for the team.
“Today we were under a bit of pressure, I think Shreyas, the way he played took all the pressure off me and I could just play with my usual tempo and control the game from one end.”