Team India skipper Virat Kohli has overtaken former Australian captain Steve Waugh in an elite captaincy list after India’s comprehensive win over England in the fourth Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Spinners, R Ashwin and Axar Patel, bagged a fifer each as the hosts thrashed England by an innings and 25 runs in the final Test to clinch the four-match series 3-1 and seal a spot in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).

After bundling out England for 205 in the first innings, India posted 365 runs on the board riding on Rishabh Pant’s 101 and Washington Sundar’s gritty 96*. Traling India by 160 runs, England were bowled out for 135 in the second innings.

As India thrashed England, Virat Kohli surpassed Waugh in the list of captains with the most home Test wins. He now has 23 wins on home soil as compared to Steve Waugh’s 22.

Moreover, Virat also equalled legendary Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s feat of most successive Test series wins at home. He has now led Team India to ten successive Test series wins at home. 

Also, with 36 wins in 60 Tests, Virat Kohli joins Clive Lloyd (36 in 74 Tests) as the fourth most successful Test captain overall. He, however, has achieved this feat in 14 fewer games in the longest format of the game.

Team India also achieved a unique feat on Saturday as they became the first side in history to win two consecutive Test series after losing the first Test. Notably, India had defeated Australia by 2-1 in the recent Test series Down Under.

Virat Kohli and his men will now take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the WTC final which will take place between June 18-June 22 at the “Home of Cricket”, Lord’s.

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