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India thump South Africa by innings and 137 runs, bag series 2-0 to script world record


India sealed the three-match Test series against South Africa after winning the 2nd Test in Pune by an innings and 137 runs. With the win, Virat Kohli & Co. extended their winning streak in the longest format at home, and thus achieved a huge world record. This is India’s 11th consecutive Test series win at home which is the most by any side.

Before this, India was tied at the top position for the most consecutive series wins at home along with the Australian teams that Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor led between November 1994 and November 2000 and the Australian team led by Ricky Ponting between July 2004 and November 2008 that had won 10 consecutive Tests at home.

The last time India lost a Test series at home was against England during the latter’s tour of the country during the 2012-13 season. Their winning streak started with the subsequent rubber against West Indies, which was also Sachin Tendulkar’s last series.

India, after posting a mammoth total of 601/5d, bowled out Proteas for 275 in the first innings. Kohli decided to enforce follow-on before the start of Day 4, with Proteas trailing by 326 runs. Coming out to bat, South Africa could only muster 187 in the 2nd innings, with Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav picking up three wickets each, R Ashwin getting two wickets and Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Sharma getting a piece each.

Speaking after the match, Umesh praised Wriddhiman Saha for his impressive work behind the stumps. “I need to give him a treat because I think those two wickets are Wriddhi bhai’s only. When you put the ball outside leg stump you think it’ll be a boundary, but if there is a little bit chance to convert a catch, we know he will take it. I know that there is a lot of competition in the team so whoever comes in has to do well,” he said.

He added: “I knew that it was important I do well if I get a chance. The way we are winning matches, you have to have the mindset to grab your chances. I was confident coming into the match because the last time I played in India I got ten wickets in the match. If there is doubt in the mind, it’s not possible to perform well. It all went well for me.