Headlines October 14, 2019
Team India sets world record
India witnessed its biggest ever Test victory against South Africa yesterday and also became the first team to reach 200 points in World Test Championship.
India won the three-Test series 2-0 by beating South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test in Pune.
The latest win is a new milestone as team India has also become the first-ever team to win 11 consecutive Test series at home.
Former player Virender Sehwag congratulated the team and tweeted, ”Congratulations Team India on a world record 11th consecutive Test series win. Great all round performance and 200 points now in the World Test Championship, great beginning. #INDvSA”
With this huge victory, India is now at the top of the WTC table, the team leads New Zealand and Sri Lanka by 140 points. South Africa is yet to win a single WTC match while India has won all the four WTC matches it has played so far.
Actor Saiyami Kher tweeted, “Comprehensive series win! I believe it’s our 11th consecutive home series win! So happy to see India dominate in all 3 departments. I wish SA had given us a tougher fight. The Elgar & De Kock dismissal was disappointing. Anyway just happy I was watching it live! #INDvSA.”
The match also saw the first time use of follow-on rule on South Africa by Virat Kohli. The rivals had no chance against the brilliance of Indian players. Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander of South Africa partnered for 165 runs in the second Test at Pune but that could not help their team beat the target.
Captain Faf du Plessis praised Kohli and said “As a captain you try and think of ways to change the field and the bowlers. But all the questions we threw at him (Kohli), he had answers for all. He was too good. The hunger stood out… He wasn’t satisfied with 100 or 150”.
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