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  • India look to maintain 17-year unbeaten streak in Test cricket against West Indies

    first_imgWhen Virat Kohli takes the field on Thursday in the first Test against the West Indies, he will not only look to become the first Indian captain to win two Test series in the Caribbean nation but also look to maintain India’s unbeaten record on the current tour. India swept the 3-match T20I series and won the 3-match ODI series 2-0.Moving over to the longest format, India have not lost a Test series against West Indies since 2002 even though the number-one ranked team is still behind in the head-to-head series records.West Indies and India have contested in 23 Test series since 1948-49 with the Windies having won 12 times while India have 9 times.India’s first Test series win in the West Indies came in 1971 when the Ajit Wadekar-led team beat Gary Sobers’s side in the second Test to clinch the series 1-0. It was also India’s first Test win in the Caribbean. All the other matches in that 5-Test series ended in draws leading to a historic win for India.It took India another 35 years to go back to West Indies and win a Test series, this time under skipper Rahul Dravid, whose team managed to win the final match of the 4-Test series with the skipper, Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble leading the way.MS Dhoni’s team then toured West Indies in 2011 and won the three-match series 1-0.Virat Kohli’s first Test series win outside the sub-continent as India captain came in the West Indies in 2016 when he led from the front to help his team clinch the 4-match series 2-0.advertisementKohli now has the chance to become the first Indian captain to clinch two Test series wins in West Indies but it will be easier said than done this time as the home team has a much more balanced lineup than before.Kohli is also one win away from equalling MS Dhoni’s record of most wins as Indian Test captain. The 30-year-old currently has 26 wins from 46 matches while his predecessor had 27 wins in 60. A 2-0 series win will see Kohli become India’s most successful captain in the longest format.India however, have been in rampaging form in whites over the last three years with the best win-loss ratio in the longest format since 2016.Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, India have won 23 and lost 8 out of the 38 Tests they have played since 2016 to end up with a win-loss ratio of 2.875 which is the best among all other Test-playing nations.No other team has won as many Tests in the said duration with England being the next best team with 21 wins out of a whopping 47 matches played since 2016, followed by South Africa, who are second on the list of teams with the best win-loss ratio having won 20 of the 35 Tests played with only 11 losses.The success in red-ball cricket has also transpired in series wins for Virat Kohli with India having won 8 of the 10 series they have played in the last three years, which is also the best series-win percentage among all other Test playing nations. Their only two series losses came last year in South Africa and England.The first Test of the two-match series will begin from August 22 at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in North South, Antigua.This will also mark the beginning of India and West Indies’ campaigns in the ICC World Test Championship. Both teams have a chance to grab 120 points from the series.”The games are going to be much more competitive and it brings a lot of purpose to the Test matches you play. It’s the right move and the absolute right time,” India captain Virat Kohli said on Monday.”That’s going to be the essence of this Test championship as well. There will hardly be any boring draws, there will be exciting draws, because everyone will want those extra points,” Kohli added.Also Read | Competition in Test cricket has gone up two-folds in last couple of years: Virat KohliAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit or Rahane? Big selection dilemma for Kohli ahead of 1st TestAlso Read | Virat Kohli close to equalling MS Dhoni’s Test captaincy recordAlso Read | Back to being good friends: Rahul on his equation with Hardik after Koffee with Karan rowlast_img read more