Virat Kohli achieved the ICC Test mace after topping the ICC Test Rankings Photo Courtesy: BCCI Twitter Handle
Virat Kohli achieved the ICC Test mace after topping the ICC Test Rankings Photo Courtesy: BCCI Twitter Handle

India had a historic day as they whitewashed New Zealand with the nation celebrating the auspicious festival of Dusshera on Tuesday. Indore was for a treat as they witnessed all the celebrations with Test making their debut in this venue. It included India’s captain Virat Kohli’s second double ton, Ravichandran Ashwin’s 10-wicket haul, Ajinkya Rahane’s highest Test score and lastly Cheteshwar Pujara cruising his way to yet another century. As Kohli put it during the presentation ceremony, ‘it was a team effort.’ With this victory, India toppled their arch-rivals Pakistan as the No. 1 Test team by four points and are here to stay for longer period. Full cricket scorecard: India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test

When India won the third Test against West Indies, they were given the position of No. 1 spot, thanks to Australia being whitewashed by Sri Lanka. At the same time, Pakistan were providing tough fight to England in their Test series and by leveling the same against the hosts, they secured the No. 1 spot for the first time. Knowing that India had their long cricketer season ahead beginning with the New Zealand tour, Pakistan’s No. 1 spot was in danger. Now with the whitewash, India have easily taken over the spot after 2009.

Interesting fact remains, India have not achieved this whitewash for the first time at home. As the image explains below, this has been achieved over three or more times, twice under Mohammad Azharuddin, once under MS Dhoni and now under the young leader Kohli. The journey began from 1993 and has continued till date.

When India were playing under Azharuddin in 1993, it was a three Test series against England at their home ground. India’s now head coach Anil Kumble was then the Man of the Series for claiming 21 wickets. In the first Test, Kumble grabbed six wickets while Azharuddin took the onus on his hands and got his century. But it was the second Test that provided the impetus for Kumble as he got his six-wicket haul including Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sachin Tendulkar’s respective centuries. The final Test turned memorable as Vinod Kambli smashed to achieve his double century and Kumble ending with seven wickets in that one.

In 2013, it was under Dhoni, the young lads achieved a whitewash against the mighty Australians. That in turn made them the No. 1 Test team. It was Ashwin then and Ashwin today, who was the Man of the Series, with 29 wickets in total. It was that series when Ashwin created a mark on the spot with seven-wicket haul in the first Test. It only got better as he added another five to it to make it 11. It was in the same Test Dhoni scored his best figures of his Test career with a double century along with his deputy Kohli’s century.

The infographic explains India's journey of whitewash that continues to rattle the opponent team © Getty Images
The infographic explains India’s journey of whitewash that continues to rattle the opponent team © Getty Images

India continued their brilliance against Australia piling on runs with Cheteshwar Pujara’s double ton and Murali Vijay tagging along with his century. India had great outing then with their ex-Test skipper and under Kohli, the experience was still the same as Ashwin ended with 27 wickets and was rewarded the Man of the Series for the seventh time. Out of those 27, Ashwin got 10 of those in the final Test.

Ashwin with this also surpassed his Indian teammate Harbhajan Singh who had five 10-wicket hauls in Test from 103 matches. Ashwin is now behind current his coach Kumble who has eight 10-wicket haul’s for India in 132 matches. Muttiah Muralitharan is leading the pack with 22, 10 wickets-hauls followed by Shane Warne, who has ten 10-wickets hauls.

Over all, India’s team efforts once again paid off and helped them to raise continue ruling the top spot with array of Test series lined up against England, Bangladesh and Australia in the coming months.

(Shruti Hariharan is Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)