When India was about to start its home season under new captain Virat Kohli, there were few apprehensions about how Virat Kohli and the young cricketers, brought up in T20 world, would fare in grueling home season. Team India had fire power but inexperience and lack of ability was there to thwart their ascendency. At the end of the home season, Team India under Virat Kohli not only proved their critics wrong but also smashed many record en-route to their success.
Here is the list of the record smashed by Indian players.
Ravichandran Ashwin –
(i) Ashwin took 82 wickets in 13 test in the season and broke record held by Dale Steyn (78 ) since 2007-08.
(ii) Ashwin also became quickest to take 250 wickets ( 45 Test) breaking record of Richard Hadlee ( 48 Test )
(iii) Ashwin also became quickest to get 25 five-wickets haul ( in 47 Test) breaking record of Richard Hadlee ( 62 Test). He also became fastest to take 200 wickets at home ( in 30 test ). Ashwin’s current bowling strike rate of 52 is best by a spinner in last 100 years.
Ravindra Jadeja –
(i) Jadeja became only third player in Test Cricket history to score more than 500 runs and take more than 50 wickets in a season other two being Kapil Dev in 1979-80 and Mitchell Johnson in 2008-09. Jadeja sits on top of the chart with 556 runs and 71 wickets.
(ii) Jadeja became the highest left arm wicket-taker after 30 Tests, with 142 wickets. He is followed by Mitchell Johnson, who had 137 wickets after 30 Tests.
Cheteshwar Pujara –
(i) Pujara scored 1316 runs and set record of highest runs scored by an Indian in a season in Test matches breaking 8 year old record of Gautam Gambhir (1269). He, now, also holds record of most run in a season in test matches at home venue.
Virat Kohli –
Kohli became first batsman to score 4 double century in four consecutive series. He went past Don Bradman and Dravid. Both of them did it in three consecutive series.
And here comes the most interesting one –
Since Steve Smith’s infamous brain-fade incident, Australia have taken more than 10 DRS and was successful in only one but yes as they said Aussies don’t cheat you know.
What a debut it has been for “chinaman” Kuldeep Yadav. His expressive celebration when he got his first test wicket said how much it meant to him to represent India in Test Cricket. A 5-wicket haul today would have made it an unforgettable day for him but anyway four wicket is no less an achievement as he turned the tide in favour of India.
If you are wondering why Kuldeep Yadav being a left handed bowler is called a Chinaman bowler and Jadeja isn’t. Let me solve that puzzle for you.
A left handed spinner who bowls over the wrist and gets ball turn into right hander, which Kuldeep Yadav does, is called a Chinaman bowler whereas Jadeja is an orthodox left handed bowler who uses his fingers to spin the ball away from right hander.
The origin of name “Chinaman” has a story behind it.
It is said that former West Indian left arm orthodox spinner Ellis Achong, of chinese ancestry, in 1933 test match, out of nowhere bowled an over the wrist ball that turned from off to leg and got batsman Walter Robins stumped. It is believed that while he walked back he said ” Fancy being done by a bloody Chinaman” and from then on left arm “over the wrist” bowlers are called Chinaman.
All champion sides have one thing in common: they have an aura that creates fear in opponents and makes opponents lose the game in their mind even before the real game has begun. West Indies in late 70s & 80s and Australia on either side of millennium were such champion teams.
Team India enjoy such an aura at their home turf.Teams lose their sleep just at the thought of playing a test series in India. They have an enviable record at home. Since the start of new millennium, India has lost just three test series out of twenty nine test series played at home turf.
Current series, against Australia, is India’s 30th home test series since the start of new millennium and Australia, against all odds, beat India in India after 4502 days in the first test of the current series. Chink in India’s armour has been exposed by Aussies. This was certainly not in the script for VIrat Kohli & Co. It may have dented their confidence but the real character of a champion team is reflected at the face of adversity and if India feels that they are champion side then now is the perfect time to show their character.
Aussies were unexpectedly mute before the start of the series and now it seems that their silence was indication of the upcoming storm. That storm has hit India hard and handed India their second biggest loss at home turf. Aussies were buoyant after this win. If it was any other team then they would have got carried away with this surprise win and would have lost the focus but Aussie belong to altogether different breed. When they smell the blood, they don’t wait for their prey to commit mistakes, they pounce and go for kill. They would go all out in Bengaluru to take invincible lead of 2-0.
VIrat Kohli has his task cut out because not only the next test or the series is on the line but also India’s aura of champion at home turf is in danger. Tough days are ahead for Virat Kohli in this series but it should not bother either Virat Kohli or Indian cricket team fans because it is these difficult moments that separate the men from the boys. Time to see who all are the men in this Indian team. Kohli, Ashwin, Pujara, Nair ?