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This is why Virat Kohli's side is India's best-ever Test team

  • India thrashed England by an innings and 75 runs in the Chennai Test.
  • Under Kohli's captaincy, it was India's 18th consecutive Test when they remained unbeaten.
  • Here is a list of 7 records that proved this Kohli's side is India's best-ever Test team.
This is why Virat Kohlis team is Indias bestever Test team
Chennai, First Published Dec 21, 2016, 2:05 PM IST

The end results regarding either team records or individual player records have been terrific and a perfect way to bid goodbye to 2016.


Here is a list of 7 records that proved this Kohli's side is the best-ever Indian Test team in the history.


Jadeja-Ashwin's Test rankings:



's maiden 10-wicket haul against England that sealed the Chennai Test for India earned him a massive jump in the ICC Test ranking. He now stands second on the table, just eight points behind the old leader and his teammate, Ashwin.


It was just the second time Indians have occupied the top two spots in bowlers' rankings. The duo of Jadeja and Ashwin has emulated left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi and leg-spinner Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, who were ranked one and two in 1974.


India's second triple centurion:



For 12 years and eight months, Virender Sehwag has been India's sole triple century-holder in Tests. He had scored 309 and 319 in 2004 and 2008. The 25-year-old during the Chennai Test - he remained not out on 303.


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35 years gap to repeat the feat:



It was India's first series win since 1981 that included at least five Tests. The previous instance was India's 1-0 win against the same opponents in the six-Test series. 


Longest unbeaten streak in Tests:



With a win in the Chennai Test, Kohli's team is the first Indian team to remain unbeaten in 18 consecutive Tests. They went past India's 17-match streak between September 1985 and March 1987.


The man himself:



There have been 31 skippers who led India before Virat Kohli took over the charge in 2015. Not one of those 31 captains even won a total of four Tests against England, while Kohli has done so in his first-ever series against England as the Indian skipper. What a start!


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Only for a third time in history:



The Chennai Test was India's last match in 2016 and Kohli's boys remained unbeaten in all the matches. This is the third instance when Team India have remained unbeaten in Tests in a calendar year, with 1986 being the previous year.


However, in 1955 and 1986 India had played just nine Tests to 12 games in 2016. It magnifies the dominance of the World No. 1 side in the current time.


The captain leads from the front:



Kohli's double century in the Mumbai Test was his career's third and of those have come after he took over India's Test captaincy. Kohli is the only Indian captain to achieve the feat. Other skippers like MS Dhoni, Sunil Gavaskar and MAK Pautadi had just scored one Test double ton during their tenure as Indian Test skipper.


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