Incredible is the only word to describe India’s performance in the fourth test at St. Lucia. After day three was completely washed out due to rain, and as the pitch seemed to ease out, the chances of an Indian win were minimal and a draw seemed the most likely result. However, on day 4, bowling an extended spell, pace ace Bhuvneshwar Kumar turned the game around on its head as he demolished the West Indies middle order.

 

That was followed by some proactive batting by the Indians and quick fire knocks from Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane helped India post a decent target for the hosts. In the second innings, it was a total team show as all the bowlers chipped in with wickets to complete a resplendent victory.

 

By the virtue of the victory, India won its third consecutive series in the Caribbean. After winning first in 2006 under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy, a 1-0 win under MS Dhoni was achieved. Virat Kohli though, has gone a step beyond as he became the first Indian captain ever to win two tests in the West Indies. No other Indian captain has managed to win more than one test in the Caribbean, and the Delhi dasher has surely etched himself in the record books with such a splendid performance.

 

This is also India’s third consecutive series victory under Kohli’s leadership, after the trend began with a 2-1 win against Sri Lanka, followed by a 3-0 massacre of South Africa at home, and now, a 2-0 lead over the West Indies in a four match series.

 

Below, is the table showing the record of Indian captains in the West Indies.

 

Captain Played Won Win %
Virat Kohli 3 2 66.7%
M.S. Dhoni 3 1 33.3%
Rahul Dravid 4 1 25%
Bishan Bedi 4 1 25%
Sourav Ganguly 5 1 20%
Ajit Wadekar 5 1 20%