India’s stunning performance in the fourth test against the West Indies at St. Lucia leads them a remarkable victory..
The proactive style of strokes from the Indian batsman with the likes of Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane helped the Tourists to post a decent target for the hosts.
Eventually, India have won its third consecutive Test series in the Caribbean Island. Indian tests skipper Virat Kohli has gone a step further as the 27-year-old became the first Indian captain ever to win two tests in the West Indies.
This is also India’s third back to back victory under Kohli’s captaincy, after a 2-1 win against Sri Lanka, followed by a 3-0 massacre of South Africa at home, and now, a surprising 2-0 lead over the West Indies in a four match tests series.
Here is the table showing the record of Indian captains in the West Indies.
|Margin||Tests||Year||Captain||Wins at venue(s)|
|1-0||5||1971||Ajit Wadekar||Port of Spain|
|2-0||4||2016||Virat Kohli||North Sound; Gros Islet|
Indian batsman Wriddhiman Saha scored his first Test century on way to a 213-run 5th wicket partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin.
India's number 6 and 7 batsmen have never scored hundred in the same innings in Tests. Ashwin and Saha set to change the history. #IndvWI— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 10, 2016
Focus..— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) August 10, 2016
First Test Century from Saha is filled with all the ingredients which is needed for Test Cricket!
1st test hundred for Saha. Typical Sahaesque knitty & gritty innings. Slowly proving his critics wrong with some solid batting! #IndvsWI— Srini Mama (@SriniMama16) August 10, 2016
Yahi hai right choice baby, Saha !— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 10, 2016
West Indies Se surely ab Saha nahi jaata !
Well done @Wriddhipops#WIvIND
Indian keepers scoring Test 100s away from home:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) August 10, 2016
V Manjrekar, Kingston, 1953
Ratra, St John's, 2002
MSD, Faisalabad, 2006
Kudos to @ashwinravi99 and @Wriddhipops for rescuing us from a precarious position! #WIvInd #Saha #ashwin— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) August 10, 2016
The biggest gain from this tour is Saha's batting...a couple of gritty innings followed by an outstanding ton. Brilliant. Many more to come.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 10, 2016
Quiet, efficient, understated Wriddhiman Saha has made a giant statement with that century.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 10, 2016
@ashwinravi99 -Saha break 45 year Sardesai-Solkar record for sixth wicket against Windies in WI! Records meant to be broken!— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) August 10, 2016
Value of Ashwin & Saha tons shown up as 5 wkts fall in a heap. Suddenly, extra pace & bounce in pitch. But incentive for india's pacers too— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 10, 2016
Absolutely brilliant batting from Ashwin & Saha. It wasn't easy out there. Bowling has been incisive & pitch not dead. Well done India!— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 10, 2016
India will host their neighbour country Bangladesh for a one-off Test match in February next year, marking the Tigers’s first official Test trip since 2000.
India, who are currently 2nd in the ICC Test rankings have visited to Bangladesh, but the Tigers have never played with a red ball on Indian soil because of scheduling clashes.
"India will play Bangladesh in a historic one-off Test match from February 08-12, 2017 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The Test match will mark Bangladesh's first official visit to India since attaining Test status in 2000," BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke said in a statement.
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan said the one-off Test match would be a elated experience for players and fans of both countries.
"For the cricketers who will be representing Bangladesh and India, this will be a much anticipated game and given the competitive nature of their limited overs matches in the recent past, I believe the clash between these two cricket crazy nations will catch the imagination.
"The long wait for us to play a Test match on Indian soil is finally over and this is a time for celebration," he said.
JUST IN: The one-off India-Bangladesh Test match will be played from February 8, 2017 at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) August 3, 2016
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of third Test against Pakistan after tearing a muscle in his calf.
The 25-year-old was forced to leave the ground on day four of England's 330-run triumph at Old Trafford on Monday after pulling up while bowling.
INJURY NEWS: @benstokes38 has been ruled out of the third Investec Test against PAK with a torn right calf #ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/LRdETODSYi— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 27, 2016
ECB has confirmed that an MRI scan detected the tear and the Durham player will be reviewed by the medical team next week.
Stokes has scored 1429 runs in 25 Tests at an average of 33.23.
The third Test will be played on Wednesday at Edgbaston.
Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, James Vince, Chris Woakes
Despite the protests in Zimbabwe over civil and economic issues, the New Zealand’s 15-man Test squad led by Kane Williamson arrived in the African continent for a two-Test series.
The Black Caps will play a three-day warm-up fixture starting on July 22 in the capital.
"It's nice to finally be here. We had a good tour here last year, so I'm sure it will be much the same," Tom Latham, the New Zealand opener, said. "It was a good week of preparation for us in South Africa.
"It was good to catch up with the guys. We want to win every game, like we do on most tours. "It's nice to have everyone back, everyone is fully fit. We'll get the warm-up game out of the way and then focus on the two Tests."
The first official Test gets underway on July 28, followed by the second on August 6. Both matches will be played at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
New Zealand previous toured Zimbabwe in July 2015 for a limited-overs series.
NZ Test Squad: Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson (capt).