Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India have taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the five-match Test series. The win in the Mohali Test has stretched India’s winning streak in Test cricket at home to 17 Tests. However, during the win in the Mohali Test, India have achieved a rare feat in Test cricket against England after more than two decades.
The Mohali win was India’s second consecutive win against England in a Test series. India have done this just for the fifth time in their 84-year-old cricketing rivalry with England. And Kohli and Co. have achieved this feat after 23 years.
India had last won two consecutive Tests against England in a Test series way back in 1993 when Mohammad Azharuddin-led team won the three-match Test series at home 3-0.
India had completely outplayed England in the 3-0 whitewash, registering win by 8 wickets, an innings and 22 runs and an innings and 15 runs in the three Tests.
The first time India won two consecutive Tests in a Test series against England was in the five-match Test series in 1961. Nari Contractor-led team won two successive Tests at Kolkata and Chennai in the fourth and fifth Tests to win the five-match Test series 2-0. The remaining three Tests were drawn.
The second time India won two consecutive Tests against England was at home in 1972. After losing the first Test at Delhi, India came back to win the next two Tests by 28 runs and 4 wickets. The next two Tests ended in a draw. India won the five-match Test series 2-1. Ajit Wadekar was the Indian skipper then.
The third time India achieved such a feat was in 1986 in England when they won the first two Tests and drew the third one. India won the Lord’s and Leeds Tests by 5 wickets and 279 runs respectively and drew the third one at Birmingham. Kapil Dev was the Indian skipper then.
Originally published at cricwizz.com