Riding on an unconquerable streak so far India are the hot favorites in the upcoming three-Test series against Sri Lanka, starting on Thursday. This rampaging host will definitely be aiming for a clean sweep. With such feat, captain Virat Kohli will surpass former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21 Test wins as captain. But that could only be possible if the home side manages a 3-0 scoreline. Currently, Kohli has captained India in 29 Test matches, out of which they have won 19 games. On the other, Ganguly captained 49 test games to set this soon broken benchmark. MS Dhoni is on the top of the list with 27 wins in 60 matches. If Kohli’s side manages to win two Tests, then he will be on par with Ganguly’s record.
Can Kohli beat Ganguly’s Record?
The Kohli-led side is in top form with eight consecutive Test series win. And the latest being 3-0 whitewash versus Sri Lanka in their own backyard. It all started in Sri Lanka in 2015. And since then, India have beaten South Africa, the West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka in the longest format of the game.
The Islanders did have the worst time in their home series against India where they lost 0-9 across all formats. Now they will play three Tests, three ODIs, and three T20s on their tour to India.
Meanwhile, Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri, along with a few other players, arrived in Kolkata on Sunday. Whereas, India is going to play their first Test against Lanka on November 16.
Shastri touched down at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport late evening. And following him, pacer Umesh Yadav and opener Shikhar Dhawan arrived during the day.
India Test squad for the first two Tests:
Virat Kohli (capt), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-capt), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.