As India registers a truly comprehensive victory against Sri Lanka in the 2nd test of the three match series, there is a lot to look forward to in the stats column. This was India’s 32nd international win in 2017, the most wins by it in a calendar year surpassing the 31 wins in 2016.
Highest margin of victory vis-a-vis defeat
India won this match by an innings and 239 runs- its greatest margin of victory in Test history at par with its win against Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2007. On the other hand, it was the worst defeat for Sri Lanka overtaking its innings and 229 run loss against South Africa in Cape Town in 2001.
This is the 3rd time that 4 tons have been scored by India in a test innings; the previous instances being against South Africa in Kolkata in 2010 and against Bangladesh in 2007 in Mirpur.
Kohli surpasses Bradman
Captain Kohli has been on fire in this series, as he completes his 19th Test match and 52nd overall ton. His 213 at the VCA stadium was his 5th double ton as captain by virtue of which he retains his no 5 spot in the recent ICC test rankings. Kohli now shares the record of most double centuries as captain with the legendary West Indian Brian Lara. He has gone past the likes of Don Bradman, Michael Clarke and Graeme Smith who have four double centuries each as captain.
Kohli has a staggering conversion rate of 75% when it comes to test tons. He has 12 centuries in his 16+ fifties as test captain. He may not have been able to score big hundreds in his early days, but as he has grown in test cricket he seems to have gradually mastered the art of cashing in on starts.
Kohli has scored 10 hunderds in all formats in this calendar year, surpassing former Australian Captain, Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith who are jointly at the second position with 9 centuries a piece.
Pujara eyes no 1 test ranking
After his characteristic knock of 143 in Nagpur, Cheteshwar Pujara has regained his no 2 ranking as test batsman in the latest ICC rankings. The perseverant batsman jumped 2 spots from 4 after gaining 22 points as he now stands at no 2 with total 888 points.
However, Pujara still remains far behind Australian captain Steve Smith who strengthened his no 1 spot by gaining 5 points after the first Ashes test. The Aussie after his unbeaten 141 run knock is comfortably placed at the top with 941 points.
As the final delivery of the Nagpur test gently brushed the outer half of Gamage’s off stump, R Ashwin became the fastest bowler to reach the milestone of 300 wickets. The lanky off spinner achieved this feat in 54 matches, thus breaking Denis Lillee’s record of reaching the same after 56 matches.
Ashwin became the 6th Indian to take 500 wickets in international cricket. In this very match, he picked up his 50th wicket in 2017 as well.
Ashwin also registered a unique record up his sleeve as he dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne for the 12th time in all formats combined. This became the maximum times that Ashwin has dismissed any batsman (6 in ODIs, 5 in tests, 1 in T20Is).
Against the tide
The test match in Nagpur brought bitter-sweet memories for the Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne. His disappointment of receiving a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Indians may have been assuaged a little as he became the second batsman after Dean Elgar to score 1000 runs or more in 2017. Karunaratne achieved this distinction in 23 innings as compared to Elgar’s 1097 runs in 20 innings.