India continued their domination over England in the on-going Test series, taking just over half an hour to wrap up the proceedings on the final day of the fourth Test in Mumbai. After having ended the fourth day at 182 for 6, the English batsmen crumbled to 195 all out in the space of eight overs, failing to make the home second even bat a second time in the match.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the main wrecker in chief again, picking all four of England’s wickets on the final day. He finished the match with 12 wickets overall, and his tally 27 for the series, with the final Test still to be played in Chennai.
Virat Kohli was declared the Man of the Match for his superb knock of 235 in the first innings, which swung the game entirely in India’s favour. The 231 run lead that India built thanks to Kohli’s 235 and Jayant Yadav’s 104 ensured India didn’t have to bat a second time even though England had scored a very respectable 400 in the first innings.
“Out of the five series that we’ve won, this is the best by far, because of the quality of the opposition, and the kind of cricket that we’ve played. We’re very proud of that, and for me as a captain, this is definitely on top,” Kohli told reporters after the match.
“With the bat as well we have shown really good character to come back into the game, showing enough patience, more than the opposition, so I would credit my team than calling it an easy series. No series win is easy, especially not this one,” Kohli added.
There was also some tension on the pitch when James Anderson walked in to bat, with some of the Indian players clearly unhappy about Anderson’s comments after the fourth day’s play when he claimed sub-continental pitches were to be credit for Kohli’s performances, and that the batsmen’s flaws would have been exposed in England. The umpires were quick to intervene, with even Kohli himself calming his players down after the incident.