Virat Kohli will go down in Indian cricket history not only as one of the finest hitters to ever come out of the country but also as one of the finest captains to have led the national team through the formats. Kohli’s numbers are stellar as a skipper and he’s even better in cricket’s longest and oldest format. Kohli officially took charge of the Indian Test team in 2015 after MS Dhoni decided to end his Testing career. He has since taken the Indian team to the pinnacle of Testing glory. Under him, the team reclaimed the top spot in the ICC Testing Rankings and also qualified for the finals of the first-ever ICC Testing World Championship.
He led the country to their first-ever Test series victory on Australian soil and was in charge of the side which currently lead England 2-1 in a Test series, the deciding match of which will be played later this year. Under his leadership, India have won every home series they have played, toppling the toughest teams in world cricket.
Here is his record as test captain:
Matches – 68
Won – 40
Lost – 17
Draw – 11
Here are some other important stats and records he helped set as India’s Test captain:
Virat Kohli is the most successful full-time India captain in Tests, both in terms of number of games won and winning percentage.
Four overseas Test wins in a calendar year: Kohli is the only Indian captain to achieve the feat twice. Incidentally, it was under Kohli’s command that India also achieved the feat for the first time.
India have won Tests at Brisbane, Lord’s, Oval and Centurion in a year, matching the feat in 2018 when India began their away winning campaign in Johannesburg, Nottingham, Adelaide and Melbourne.
First Asian captain to win at Centuion: Kohli became the third captain and first Asian to record a Test win at Centurion, the first two being England’s Nasser Hussain in 2000 and Australia’s Michael Clarke in 2014.
Most Tests won by an Asian captain in SENA countries: Centurion’s victory was the seventh under Kohli in 23 Tests (13 lost and 3 draws) the most by an Asian captain in SENA countries.
In overseas tests, Kohli won 16 out of 36 tests
Only Asian skipper to win two Boxing Day matches: With the victory over South Africa, Virat became the first Asian cricketer to lead his team to two wins in Boxing Day Test matches. Earlier, India conquered Australia, Down Under in 2018, in a series the visitors won 2-1.
First Indian skipper to win two Test matches in South Africa: The 33-year-old led India to two Test match victories against South Africa, he is the only Indian captain to have achieved this feat. Earlier, India won a Test match in the Rainbow Nation under Kohli in 2018. India now only needs one win to claim a first set of Tests on the floor South African.
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