India in the last 5 years have played spectacular cricket under Virat Kohli in red-ball cricket and they have won all the series that they played at home as well as in overseas conditions. They have fought very well despite losing the Test series in South Africa and England during 2018. By defeating Australia earlier this year and qualifying for the World Test Championship finals, India has achieved a lot in this period. Team India have retained the No.1 rank in Tests for the fifth consecutive year and have looked unstoppable.
Let us have a look at some of the achievement of team India in the last 5 years :
5 – India have ended up as the number 1 Test team for the 5th consecutive year (2017-2021) in the annual rankings and have won the Test mace for the 7th time overall.
Teams winning ICC Test mace most times
Australia – 9
India – 7*
South Africa – 3
England – 1
35 – India have won 35 Test matches since May 2016, which is the most for any team.
Most Test wins since May 2016
India – 35 (55 matches)*
England – 31 (65 matches)
New Zealand – 22 (38 matches)
South Africa – 22 (43 matches)
Australia – 22 (46 matches)
2 – India is the only Asian team to defeat Australia on Australian soil twice in 2019 & 2021.
3 – Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli have won 3 Man of the Series awards in Test cricket since May 2016. Only India have two players winning the 3 Man of the Series award in the last 5 years.
11 – Since May 2016, Virat Kohli as captain won 11 Test matches outside the home (neutral/away) venue. No other captain has won as many games outside home in 5 years.
Most wins as captain outside home (neutral/ away ground) since May 2016 :
Virat Kohli – 11*
Joe Root – 10
Misbah ul-haq – 6
12 – In the ICC World Test Championship Cycle India have won the most matches (12) and also has the best W/L ratio.
Most wins in WTC Cycle
India – 12*
England – 11
Australia – 8
Best win/loss ratio in WTC Cycle
India – 3*
Australia – 2
NewZealand – 1.75
13 – Virat Kohli has won 13 Test series out of 16 as captain since May 2016. Team India lost only 3 Test series to SA in 2018, Eng in 2018 & NZ in 2020 under his captaincy.