India achieved another milestone with the recent victory in the fourth test against England. The win sealed the five-match series for India. With this, India has won its fifth back to back victory in Test series. Now, the team gained back the Anthony Mello Trophy from England, which the visitors took away in 2012. The trophy, instituted in 1951, is awarded to the winner of five-match India-England Test series in India.
England scored 400 in its first inning, to which, India replied with a single inning score of 631. India batted for 182.3 overs where Virat Kohli scored his double century, Murali Vijay had his first century of the series and Jayant Yadav knocked his maiden test century. In the final inning, England could score only 195 for 10 losing the match by 36 runs on the fifth day. Apart from batting scores, the match had hefty accolades for bowlers as well.
Especially, R Ashwin, picked up his second five wicket haul in the match. The player routed the second inning of the visitors scalping the lower order. In the inning, he took his first wicket when England was at 180. He had Ben Stokes in 43.3 overs, the fourth down the line-up. In the next overs, Ashwin had all the six wickets down the line and wrapping up the inning within 12 overs. It was a havoc for England when its wickets fell like deck of cards. For the bowler, the figures 12 for 167 was the best-ever attained by a spinner at the Wankhede Stadium.
Kohli's 235 was a career best strike, pulling up the "sweetest victory" for India at his own words. Jayant Yadav's century knock of 104 is another record for a player batting at No. 9. It is the 17th unbeaten match for India, the longest in Test cricket history of the team. In the stretch, the team won 13 matches, while drawing four. The captain highlighted some pin pointed difference between the teams such as the attacking stance of the visitors and the defensive attitude of the home in contrast. He said that defense was critical for India and they scored applying the same. He acknowledged the consistency of bowlers in the match.
Meanwhile, coach Anil Kumble termed his side as "special" for the ability to win despite of adverse condition. He said that the Number 1 Test Squad also has the potential to become the best-ever team. He said that he is privilege to be a part of the squad. It should be highlighted that Kumble imposed several new regulations in the team to maintain a strict consistency and proficiency in players. His rule of playing a domestic tournament before re-introduction to international matches had a massive impact on performance of the squad. Since, he took over the position, dynamic changes in the team is quite apparent. Creation of all-rounders like R Ashwin, R Jadeja and lately, Jayant Yadav, is just another accolade for the Coach.
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