New Year of 2019 has started, today is the first day and the Indian men’s cricket team are stepping into the same as one of the most successful sides across all formats of the game.
Indian have won a total of 35 matches out of the 53 games they played in 2018, while losing just 15 of them. Not only the men’s team, but the Indian women’s cricket team also came out with some stupendous performances throughout the year, including making it to the semi-finals of the T20I World Cup.
The year was marked with dominating achievements by not just the teams, but also by some remarkable personal records. Here are the highs with which the Indian cricket enters 2019:
India regained the number one spot in the year-end International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Team Rankings after taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-match series against Australia. The side maintained their numero-uno position in the rankings with 116 points after clinching a huge 137-run win over the Tim Paine-led side in the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.
Virat Kohli maintained his top position in the year-end ICC Test Player Rankings after 2018 saw him achieve several milestones.The Indian skipper dropped three points despite a first innings score of 82 in the third Test against Australia in Melbourne, but still enjoys a 34-point lead over New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson in the player rankings for Test batsman.