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Invincible India: 9 months, 7 defeats across formats

India Today logo India Today 25-09-2017 Rohan Sen
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The year 2017 has been phenomenal for Team India. Virat Kohli's men have literally decimated each and every team they have faced in the last nine months and tasted a lot of success this year.

Barring the loss against Pakistan the final of the Champions Trophy in June, the Indian team has won every series home and away.

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In the last nine months, the team has lost just 7 matches in all the three formats combined.

Sunday night's win against Australia saw the Indian team take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series and clinch the top spot in the rankings. Kohli and Co. now hold hold the No. 1 position in both the Test and One-Day International rankings.

India claimed their sixth straight ODI series with their last five series victories coming against Zimbabwe (2016), New Zealand (2016), England (2017), West Indies (2017) and Sri Lanka (2017).

But just to refresh your memory, let's take a look back at the rise and rise of the Indian cricket team in 2017.

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INDIA vs ENGLAND (ODI & T20I SERIES)

The year started with the big news of MS Dhoni stepping down from the limited-overs captaincy with Virat Kohli taking over the reins in all formats. And just like in the Test format, India started winning match after match in ODIs and T20Is as well.

India crushed England in the first two matches to clinch the three-match series with Dhoni and comeback-man Yuvraj Singh smashing centuries in the second match at Cuttack. England registered a consolation win in the final game and carried their winning momentum into the T20I series where they won the first match comfortably by 7 wickets. But India bounced back in the remaining two matches to clinch the series 2-1.

Jadhav emerged as the top-scorer in the ODI series with 232 runs in three games including one hundred and a fifty while all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah were the pick of the Indian bowlers with five wickets each to their name.

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INDIA vs AUSTRALIA TEST SERIES

Australia came to India to play a series of four Test matches and immediately made their intentions very clear by registering a stunning 333-run victory against the No. 1 team in the world at Pune with captain Steve Smith scoring one of the best hundreds seen on Indian soil on a rank turner.

Kohli and his team staged a remarkable comeback win in the next Test at Bangalore with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin picking up a six-wicket haul in the first and second innings respectively.

The series then moved on to Ranchi where an outstanding double hundred from Cheteshwar Pujara and a hundred from Wriddhiman Saha saw India score over 600 runs in their first innings but Australia managed to hold on to a draw.

The deciding Test saw Kohli being ruled out with a shoulder injury and Ajinkya Rahane had to step into the captain's shoes for the match. He led from the front as India registered a terrific win at Dharamasala with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav picking up a four-wicket haul in the first innings in his maiden Test while Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Jadeja starred with the ball in the fourth innings to help India clinch the series 2-1.

ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017

Holders India were the team to beat in the group stages with the Men in Blue losing just one match, against Sri Lanka, enroute to the semi-finals.

India crushed Pakistan and South Africa to enter the last-four where they ran over Bangladesh to setup a mouth-watering summit clash against Pakistan. Having already beaten their arch-rivals in the group stage, India were considered to lift the trophy once again.

A stunning hundred from Fakhar Zaman saw Pakistan post a mammoth 338 batting first. Mohammad Amir then produced the spell of his life to remove Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli which took India out of the contest in the first powerplay itself. Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Junaid Khan took out the rest of the batsmen as India got bowled out for 158, handing Pakistan its first Champions Trophy title.

INDIA vs WEST INDIES

Anil Kumble stepped down from the head coach's post right after the heartbreaking loss in the Champions Trophy final. India travelled to the West Indies from England without a coach.

The first ODI of the five-match series got washed out at Port of Spain. The Men in Blue won the second and third ODI while the hosts took the fourth game to setup and exciting final game at Kingston.

Mohammed Shami and Umesh's brilliant spells with the ball helped India restrict the Windies for 205/9 which they easily chased down with 8 wickets in hand thanks to captain Kohli's unbeaten 111.

The lone T20I game at Kingston saw the world champions easily chase down 190 setup thanks to Evin Lewis' unbeaten 125 as West Indies won by 9 wickets and 9 balls to spare.

INDIA TOUR OF SRI LANKA

Since the T20I loss to West Indies, India haven't lost a single match across all formats. They went to Sri Lanka and whitewashed the hosts in the three-Test series, the five-match ODI series and in the lone T20I as well they won by a comfortable margin.

Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored in the Test matches with 358 and 309 runs respectively including two hundreds each while Ashwin and Jadeja hunted in pairs to pick up 17 and 13 wickets respectively.

Kohli and Rohit Sharma top-scored in the ODI series with 330 and 302 runs in the five matches including two hundreds each while Jasprit Bumrah emerged as the highest wicket-taker with a mind boggling 15 wickets at an average of 11.26 which also included a five-wicket haul.

INDIA vs AUSTRALIA

The first match of the five-ODI series in Chennai saw Hardik Pandya and Dhoni star with the bat. The duo rescued India from 87/5 and added 118 runs to power the team to 281/7. Australia's target got revised to 164 in 21 overs due to rain. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav spun India to victory picking up three and two wickets respectively while Pandya also got a couple of wickets as Australia were restricted to 137/9.

The second game saw Kohli return to his best as his 107-ball 92 helped India post 252 on the board batting first. Bhuvneshwar (3/9) and Chahal (2/34) starred with the ball early on but it was Kuldeep's (3/54) hat-trick which landed the killer blow on the Aussies as they folded for 202.

Pandya's all-rounder brilliance helped India take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead at Indore on Sunday. Pandya top-scored with 78 off 72 balls as India chased down the target of 294 with more than three overs to spare after Aaron Finch's hundred saw the Aussies post 293/6 batting first. Pandya also picked up a wicket to bag the Man of the Match award for his performance.

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