India defeated Bangladesh in the test match series as part of Bangladesh tour of India, 2019 which was held from november 14-26, 2019.  The first test match was conducted in Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, Madhya Pradesh(MP) while the second test match was conducted at Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal(WB). The highlights in detail are as follows, INDIA'S FIRST PINK BALL TESTPink Ball Test: India defeated Bangladesh, record 12th successive series win at home
On November 22, 2019, India defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in their first ever day-night Test match and first match played with a SG pink ball manufactured by the SG(Sanspareils Greenlands) factory of New Delhi. The match was held at Eden Gardens stadium in  Kolkata, West Bengal. India recorded its 12th home series win in a row. India also became the first team to win 4 tests in a row by an innings margin.

  • Bangladesh PM’s visit: Bangladesh Prime Minister(PM) Sheik Hasina arrived at Kolkata to witness the first pink ball match.

Pink ball: In the pink ball, the dyed leather is coated with the pink colour pigment. So far, red-colored ball has been used in the test matches.The first pink ball was manufactured by Australia’s ball manufacturing company ‘Kookabura’. Australia was the only country to fully adopt the pink ball and the only team to have played five pink ball Test matches.

Records created: 
i.Kohli- 3rd batsman to hit 70 international centuries:
Virat Kohli became the third batsman after former cricket players  Sachin Tendulkar(India) and Ricky Thomas Ponting (Australia) to score 70 international centuries.

  • Kohli has currently hit 27 centuries in test matches and 43 centuries in One Day Internationals(ODI).

ii.Wriddhiman Saha- 5th Indian wicket-keeper to affect 100 dismissals in Tests:
India’s Wriddhiman Saha became the fifth Indian wicket-keeper to affect 100 dismissals in the longest format of the game. The feat was achieved during the second test match between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens stadium.

  • It is to be noted that former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni holds the record of most dismissals for an India keeper in the purest format of the game. Dhoni has made 294 dismissals.
  • Apart from Saha, Indian cricketers Syed Kirmani, Kiran More and Nayan Mongia are the other wicket-keepers to have 100 dismissals in Tests.

iii.Ashwin- fastest Indian, to take 250 Test wickets at home:
Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest Indian and joint-fastest along with former Srilankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan to take 250 wickets at home ground. This feat was achieved in just 42 test on day 1 of the test match between India and Bangladesh in Indore.

  • In october 2019, Ashwin became the joint-fastest to take 350 wickets, matching Muralitharan’s feat in his 66th Test (inclusive of both home and away matches).

iv.Player of the series:  India’s Ishant Sharma was named as player of the series.

ICC Test Rankings: 
In the latestly released ICC (International Cricket Council) test rankings, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli was ranked at the second. The list was topped by Australia’s Steve Smith. New Zealand’s Kane Williamson ranked 3rd in the list.

Indians in top 10 list:  Other Indian cricketers in the top 10 list include Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in the 4th and 5th place respectively while Mayank Agarawal was ranked 10th in the list making his first entry in the top 10 rankings. Indian cricketer Rohits Sharma ranked 13th in the list.

ICC test rank:

Rank Cricketer 
1Steve Smith. (Australia)
2Virat Kohi. (India)
3Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
4Cheteshwar Pujara.  (India)
5Ajinkya Rahane.  (India)
10Mayank Agarwal.  (India)

About International Cricket Council(ICC):
Founded- 15 June 1909.
Headquarters- Dubai, United Arab Emirates(UAE)
Chairperson- Shashank Manohar.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Manu Sawhney

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