India lose four Tests in a five-match series for first time since 1991

first_imgIndia suffered a heartbreaking loss against England in the final Test match on Tuesday as the hosts clinched the five-match series 4-1 at The Oval.England had the upper hand in the Test match for nearly four successive days before India staged a brilliant comeback through KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant.The duo added 204 runs for the sixth-wicket to keep India in the hunt in their 464-run chase till the final session but once Rahul departed after a well-made 149, the innings just crumbled.Oval Test: England overcome Rahul, Pant tons to beat India and clinch series 4-1Pant fell soon after Rahul for 114, his maiden hundred which he actually brought up with a six, and from the there on it all went downhill for the number one Test team in the world.Virat Kohli rues missed opportunities after 4-1 series defeat to EnglandPant’s audacious way of reaching triple figures saw him become the fourth Indian batsmen to score a maiden Test hundred with a six after Kapil Dev, Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh.KL Rahul slams fifth hundred on final day of India-England Test seriesIt’s also the first 50+ score for Pant in Test cricket. His previous best was the 24 not out that he scored on his debut, which would famously be remembered for the six he hit to get off the mark.Alastair Cook elated after fairytale farewell from Test cricketThe 20-year-old now also holds the record for the highest score for an Indian wicket-keeper in the 4th innings. Pant left former captain MS Dhoni behind to achieve the feat. Dhoni had held the record for the 76 not out he scored against England at Lord’s in 2007.advertisementAnderson surpasses McGrath to become 4th highest wicket-taker in Test cricketPant’s 114 is also the highest Test score by an Indian keeper in England. The previous best of 92 was also scored by Dhoni at the same ground in 2007.Before Pant, Rahul also scored his fifth Test century. Rahul’s hundred is the second highest score by an Indian opener in the fourth innings in England. Sunil Gavaskar has the highest score of 221 at this very ground way back in 1979.The final day’s play saw James Anderson dismiss Mohammed Shami to end the match. It was 36-year-old Anderson’s 564th Test wicket in 143 matches, moving him ahead of Australian great McGrath. He is now fourth on the all-time list behind a trio of spinners; Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).Anderson received a standing ovation as he walked off with Alastair Cook, England’s most-capped player and record Test run scorer who marked his 161st and final match on Monday with an emotional century.On Day 4, Cook became the fifth player in the history to score a century on debut and in the last Test match when he made 147 runs off 286 balls, his 33rd ton in the format.Before Cook, Greg Chappell, Reggie Duff, Mohammad Azharuddin and William Ponsford scored a century in their debut and final Test matches. Cook had started off his career with a 106 against India in Nagpur in the second innings after an impressive 60 in the first innings.The knock also saw him surpass Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth highest run-scorer in Test cricket. Cook bows out of international cricket as the most successful left-handed batsman in Tests with 12472 runs from 161 matches at an average of 45.35 with 33 hundreds and 57 fifties.Meanwhile, India suffered a new low with the Oval Test loss as this is the first time since their 0-4 defeat against Australia in 1991-92 that they have gone down four times in a five-match Test series. India now have lost six of their last eight Test matches away from home.The fifth Test also saw debutant Hanuma Vihari pick up two wickets off successive deliveries in England’s second innings. He is only the second Indian bowler to achieve this feat after Balwinder Singh Sandhu, who did it against Pakistan in Hyderabad in 1983.During the final innings, India captain Virat Kohli got out for a golden duck which is only the third instance in Test cricket after Melbourne (2011) and Lord’s (2014).Despite his duck in the final knock, Kohli ended up as the highest run-scorer from either side by a comfortable margin. His performance with the bat in the tricky conditions in this series has definitely helped him reassert himself as the best batsman in the world.In 5 Test, Kohli scored 593 runs at an average of 59.30 including two centuries. What Kohli also managed was not get out to James Anderson even once in the series.advertisementThe fiercely competitive rivalry between Anderson and Kohli began during the 2014 when the fast bowler got him out on 4 occasions.While the battle between the two players belonged to Anderson in 2014, Kohli emerged as the winner in 2018.last_img

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