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The Kohli-Ashwin show lays West Indies low

Wisden India logo Wisden India 27-07-2016

Despite not having played a Test match for more than seven months, India looked like a well-oiled machine on all the four days of the Antigua Test, ending up registering their biggest ever win in a Test outside of the subcontinent. Virat Kohli led from the front while posting his maiden double hundred and R Ashwin, promoted for the first time to No. 6, not only scored a century but went on to claim a seven-wicket haul, now the best ever figures by an Indian in the Caribbean. Through the Test lasted just four days, there were plenty of interesting numbers to write about.

** Virat Kohli recorded the first double century of his career, not only in Tests but in all first-class cricket. This was also his first double hundred for India in any format. His previous highest was 183 against Pakistan in a One-Day International in Mirpur on March 18, 2012 in the Asia Cup.

** His 200 was his highest score in Tests, bettering his 169 against Australia in Melbourne in December 2014.

** For the record, Kohli’s previous highest first-class score was 197 for Delhi XI against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (a first-class side from Pakistan) at the Ferozeshah Kotla, New Delhi in September 2008, in the now defunct Mohd Nissar Trophy.

Kohli’s highest first-class scores:

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** Kohli, meanwhile has become the only third Indian captain to register a century in the Caribbean after Kapil Dev (100* at Port of Spain in March 1983) and Rahul Dravid (146 at Gros Islet in June 2006). However, Kohli is the first Indian and the third visiting captain to record a double century in the West Indies. The table below has the details.

Highest Test scores by visiting captains in the Caribbean

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** Incidentally, Kohli is the youngest captain to register to a double century in the Caribbean. The table below has the list:

Youngest captain to make a double century in the Caribbean

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** Kohli, who became the 19th Indian batsman to aggregate 3000 runs or more in Tests, also became the ninth Indian to cross 1000 runs or more runs while leading the side. The table below provides the details:

Indians with 1000 or more runs while leading the side

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** When Kohli reached his 1000 run mark as a captain in his 18th innings, he became second quickest by an Indian captain, along with MS Dhoni, who also took 18 innings to do so in February 2010. However, the record for the quickest is still held by Sunny Gavaskar, who took just 14 innings to reach the landmark while leading the side in October 1979.

** This century by Kohli was his fifth as a captain in an away Test matches, equaling Mohd Azharuddin’s tally, which was the most by an Indian captain in Test matches away from home. Both Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have managed four centuries each.

** Kohli, became the fifth Indian captain to register a double century in Tests. But he becomes the first Indian to do so in an away Test match. He went past the previous highest of 192 by Mohd Azharuddin at Auckland in February 1990. The table below has the details of the highest Test scores by Indian captains

Highest Test scores by Indian captains

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** R Ashwin’s 7/83 is now the best figures by an Indian bowler in the West Indies, bettering the effort of Subash Gupte (7/162) achieved in 1953. His figures are also the third best by an Indian spinner in an away Test match. See the table below for the details:

Best bowling by Indian spinners – away from home

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Note: the best figures by an Indian spinner in the subcontinent, other than in India is 6/46 by Ashwin at Galle last August.

** R Ashwin provided the 31st instance of a player scoring a century and also claim a five wicket haul in an innings in the same Test match. He however becomes the sixth player in Tests to achieve this feat more than once. England’s Ian Botham has done it on five occasions. See table below

Players achieving the all-rounders feat of scoring a 100 and also claiming a 5-wkt haul in an innings in same Test match – most times

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** R Ashwin, meanwhile also joined a select band of cricketers who have the distinction of not only scoring a century but also take a 7-plus wicket haul in an innings in the same Test match. The list:

Players scoring a 100 and also taking 7 wickets in an innings in same Test match

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