Memorable moments from India’s test home summer

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April 1, 2017 11:02 pm

Kohli-Rahane show at Indore– Walking out to bat at 100-3, India were in a tricky position in the first innings of the third test v New Zealand. What followed was that an exhibition of fabulous batting. The Indian captain and vice-captain came together to put on a magnificent  partnership of 365 runs. Virat Kohli ended up with a double century 211 while Ajinkya Rahane fell at 188.

A magnificent partnership of 365 between Kohli and Rahane led India to a 3-0 Whitewash of NZ (source: Indiatoday)

World Number One-  With a comprehensive 321 win over New Zealand, India did not just ensure a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand but also helped India reach the No.1 position in test cricket. The achievement was made all the more special as the team they overtook were arch rivals Pakistan. India have since kept hold of the coveted ranking and won a cash reward for doing so on the April 1 deadline.

Virat Kohli was presented with the ICC test mace for being world no.1 source; rediff.com

Kohli special at Wankhede- 

There are few better stadiums to play Cricket than the iconic Wankhede Stadium. The stadium was packed to rafters for the 4th test v England. it was probably the finest atmosphere of the home season and the Indian captain gave them an occasion. His knock of 235 in Mumbai was an innings everyone who witnessed it will remember for a long while.

A magnificent 235 by Virat Kohli saw India put a huge first innings total on course to taking a 3-0 series lead . Source-Hindustan times

Karun’s triple

Karun Nair became the second Indian to hit a triple century. Source;Indian express

For years Virender Sehwag had been the only Indian to have a hit triple century. In 2016, a young Karun Nair gave him company on  the illustrious list. Playing only his third match of his career, Nair showcased his extra ordinary talent and gave the world a warning of the hot prospect that Indian cricket has in its wings. 

Kohli creates history

In the sole test match against Bangladesh at Hyderabad, Virat Kohli wrote his name in the cricket history books yet again. By virtue of scoring a tremendous double century Kohli become the first player ever to hit centuries in 4 consecutive series. This included series away to West Indies and home to New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.

Kohli became the first player ever to hit double centuries in 4 consecutive series Source: Indian express

Victory at Bangalore

Having been battered in the first test, India found themselves at a crossroads coming to Bangalore. Having conceded a 87 run lead on a tough pitch, it seemed the series was done and dusted for India. But this team showed their resolve and character. First a marvelous partnership of resolve and determination between Rahane and Pujara and then a fantastic 6-wicket haul from Ashwin ensured India leveled the series. This would be a win that would be remembered for ages and one of India’s finest at home.

One of India greatest tests win on home soil
Source: Hindustan times

Kuldeep’s debut 

Having lost Virat Kohli to injury, Stand in captain Ajinkya Rahane made a big call on the first morning of the match. Taking the bold call of playing the extra bowler, young chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. He responded to the trust enforced on him for the series decider in the perfect manner. After Australia were off to a flying start and found themselves at 144-1 on the morning of the first day, it was the 4-wicket haul by the left arm bowler which was the catalyst in restricting the visitors to 300.

Kuldeep Yadav too a 4-wicket haul on his debut
Source: Deccan Chronicle

 

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