London, Sept 7 (IndiaToday) – Virat Kohli’s Test record as captain continues to be on the rise as the 32-year-old added yet another feather to his cap after his team’s 157-run victory against England on Monday. India beat England on day 5 of the fourth Test to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series at The Oval.
Set a record 368 to win, England collapsed from 100 for no loss midway through the first session to getting bowled out for 210 40 minutes after tea, sparking wild celebrations among India’s players — particularly Kohli — and fans inside the south London venue.
The latest triumph saw Kohli become only the second India captain after Kapil Dev to register two Test wins in a series in England. Kapil Dev’s Indian team had achieved the feat during their 2-0 series triumph in England in 1986.
The series win in 1986 was India’s second in England after 1971, which was also the year in which they registered their first Test win at The Oval. 50 years and 13 days later Kohli’s India repeated history at the famous stadium in London.
“Tough situations build strong people. Onto the next one,” Kohli said in a tweet after the win.
This is also the first time India have managed to win a Test at Lord’s and The Oval in the same series, something which only 5 teams (Australia, West Indies, Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa) have managed in the past.
India also kept their record intact of winning every Test match while defending a total in upwards of 350, stretching their record to 35-0.
Avoiding defeat in the final Test or even winning at Old Trafford starting on Friday would see India win a Test series in England for just the fourth time after 1971, 1986 and 2007.