India vs England 4th Test: Former captain Sourav Ganguly praises Virat Kohli
Dec 14 2016 by Michele Stevens
There was nothing left to talk about, though, when Anderson chipped his adversary to midwicket to complete England's defeat and leave Ashwin to celebrate his 12th wicket of the match and 27th in the series.
England's record wicket-taker in tests dismissed Kohli four times during India's tour of England in 2014 but the batsman has flayed Anderson and his bowling partners this time, already amassing 640 runs in the ongoing series at an average of 128.
As India made the final push for victory in the fourth Test, spectators were witness to the unusual sight of R. Ashwin engaging in an intense exchange with Jimmy Anderson as the England No.11 arrived at the crease.
Apparently unconcerned that India had lost an important wicket from the second ball of the third day of the fourth test against England, the crowd roared as Pujara trudged back to the dressing room.
With Indian spinners proving to be much superior in quality than their Indian counterparts, it will be a matter of time before the home team take series clinching lead going into Chennai for the fourth Test. He made a 340-ball 235, and led from the front, with 25 boundaries and one six.
With an able ally in Jayant, Kohli dictated terms for the second successive hitting boundaries on both sides of the wicket. Kohli and Yadav scored nearly at will, accumulating 128 runs in 29 overs before lunch.
England had beaten India in their last three test series including a 2-1 triumph on their last visit to the South Asian country in 2012 but the tourists have been thoroughly outplayed by the hosts since drawing the opening match in Rajkot.
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It remains to be seen whether that sequence of setbacks, the last three against a team who have been unbeatable by anyone at home since England last travelled here with success four years ago, has any impact on the continued longevity of Alastair Cook's captaincy.
The first session of the day totally belonged to the Indian pair of captain Kohli and rookie Jayant, playing in only his third Test but showing great signs of maturity.
Kohli was batting on a career-best 212, while Jayant Yadav was unbeaten on 92, having stitched a record eighth wicket double century partnership. The supporting cast of Cheteshwar Pujara (385 runs), Murali Vijay (328 runs) and Ravindra Jadeja (16 wickets) have also played their parts admirably. It was a Test match where India literally dominated the proceedings save the first day.
It was when Yadav was stumped charging at leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who later finished with 4 for 192 after a marathon stint of 55.3 overs.
It is a match the tourists are still highly likely to lose, all the more so after Ben Stokes was unluckily caught off an edge onto his boot from a reverse-sweep at Ashwin and then nightwatchman Jake Ball edged behind off Ashwin in the final over. That team, however, only won four of the 17 Tests.
India wasted no time after resuming on 451 for seven and there was no mercy for England as the next 154 runs were racked up without even the hint of a wicket in a horribly one-sided session-and-a-bit.