India got the better of Sri Lanka 1-0 in the three-match series on Wednesday to seal their ninth Test series in a row. Virat Kohli's men thus equaled the world record of nine series wins on the trot achieved by England (1884 to 1892) and Australia (2005-06 to 2008).
India's winning run began in Sri Lanka in 2015 when they notched up a 2-1 win in the three-match series. It was followed by a 3-0 win over South Africa at home.
India then got the better of the West Indies 2-0 in a four-match away series. Team India blanked the Kiwis 3-0, outplayed England 4-0 in a five-match series, won the one-off Test against Bangladesh, and bounced back to down Australia 2-1 in a hard-fought four-match series at home last season.
Kohl and Co. whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 earlier this season and have now beaten them 1-0 to scale yet another peak.
It is interesting to note that eight out of the nine series wins have come in the sub-continent.
India have beaten Sri Lanka thrice besides notching up a series win each against South Africa, the West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.
India have won 21 out of the 30 Tests played during their dream run, losing just two, while seven matches ended in draw. Kohli captained India in 29 Tests, while his deputy Ajinkya Rahane led them to a win over Australia in the series-decider at Dharamsala with Kohli out injured.
The Indians tour South Africa next month and it presents them a chance to make the world record their own. However, it is easier said than done as India have never won a Test series there.