NEW DELHI: The world’s number one Test team has beaten England by an innings and 75 runs in Chennai on Tuesday to extend their unbeaten streak to 18 matches, a new landmark for Indian cricket. A thrashing of England in the fourth Test in Mumbai had sealed a fifth success series win and equaled India’s longest unbeaten run of 17 Tests, chalked up between September 1985 and March 1987, and Virat Kohli‘s team has now carved out a slice of history by breaking the record with its 18th match without defeat.
- This Indian team last lost a Test in August 2015, to Sri Lanka in Galle by 63 runs.
- Jadeja took seven of the wickets to fall and having a role in another when he held a superb running catch in the deep.
- This is India’s 136th Test victory, 94th at home and 25th against England.
This Indian team last lost a Test in August 2015, to Sri Lanka in Galle by 63 runs. Since then, they have rebounded from that defeat in the series opener to beat Sri Lanka 2-1, South Africa 3-0 at home, West Indies 2-0 away, New Zealand 3-0 at home and now England 4-0.
The record 18th win came in somewhat improbable scenes, given the nature of the surface at the MA Chidambaram track and that England’s openers had put on 103 without much fuss. But from the time that Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Cook for the sixth time in the series, England proceeded to unravel alarmingly and were eventually all out for 207. Ravindra Jadeja was the star bowler, taking seven of the wickets to fall and having a role in another when he held a superb running catch in the deep.
Still, India are some way short of the record for most consecutive Test matches without defeat, the 27 of West Indies between 1982 and 1984. India also have to win another four Test series to equal the nine straight wins of England between 1884 and 1892 and Australia from 2005 to 2008.
However, Kohli‘s side looks set to break another Indian record, that of the most unbeaten Test matches on home soil – 20, achieved between 1977-1980. The current streak stands at 19, with one Test versus Bangladesh and four against Australia lined up in February-March 2017.
Since Alastair Cook‘s visiting England beat MS Dhoni’s team at Eden Gardens in December 2012 to take an unassailable 2-1 series lead, India have played 19 Tests at home without defeat, winning 16 and drawing three. The wins have come over Australia (4-0 in 2013), West Indies (2-0 in 2013), South Africa (3-0) in 2015 and New Zealand (3-0) and now England. Dhoni was captain when India whitewashed Australia and West Indies, and Kohli in the last three series.
The draws during this time were against England in the fourth and final Test in Nagpur in December 2012, South Africa in Bangalore last November, when rain washed out four days of the second Test, and with England in Rajkot last month.