Virat Kohli is the name of Indian Cricket in the current scenario. He possesses the class of the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar in his batting, and aggression of Sourav Ganguly in his captaincy. Kohli has grown himself over the years to achieve astonishing feats. Not only as a batsman, but he has stepped up to become an amazing captain as well. Virat Kohli Captaincy Record in Test Matches are a proof of his improving captaincy skills.
Virat took over the reigns of the team from MS Dhoni in the series against Australia in 2014. Since then Kohli has never look behind and has continued to deliver results for India.
During his journey as a Test Captain, Kohli has had success against almost all major teams. Not only in the home conditions, but Kohli’s brigade has performed admirably fine in the overseas conditions as well.
Kohli’s Captaincy Style
When MS Dhoni decided to retire from Test Cricket, Kohli was the obvious choice for the BCCI to choose him as the skipper. But there was a hint of doubt in the people from cricketing fraternity owing to his over-aggressive nature. He was badly reviewed when his patience and calmness was compared to the ever cool Dhoni.
Despite all these speculations, Kohli never left his aggression behind. He showed a great character as the new captain and produced results in favor of India. His hunger to win every game drives the whole team together. The positive environment he creates in the dressing room is yet another reason for amazing Virat Kohli captaincy record in Test Matches.
Kohli’s Record as Batsman and a Captain in Tests
The run-machine registered an amazing record to his name in Dec 2017. Virat Kohli set a new world record for scoring most number of double centuries as a captain in Test cricket. Kohli has six double tons in all the test matches he has captained. He went past Brian Lara, who had five double hundreds while leading West Indies.
Considering the period between 1932 to 2015, no Indian captain had hit more than one double-hundred. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni had hit one each in their time leading India.
In the Tests, he has led India, Kohli has already scored 14 centuries, which stands well beyond the little master Sunil Gavaskar, who had scored 11 centuries as captain in as many as 47 matches.
Not only this, Kohli has surpassed the likes of Ganguly, Gavaskar, and Dhoni to become the highest run-getter as Indian Skipper.
“Virat Kohli made that century look very easy. A great batsman at the height of his powers against a bowling side that posed no questions.”
– Harsha Bhogle on Virat scoring Sixth 200 as Captain
Virat Kohli Captaincy Record in Test Matches
If one feels that Kohli’s record for centuries is amazing, one has to applaud Virat Kohli captaincy record in test matches.
Kohli has led India in 35 tests and won 21 of them. He equaled the number of wins with Sourav Ganguly, who won the same in the 49 tests he led. Only MS Dhoni lies ahead of Kohli on this list, with 27 wins out of 60 matches.
What stands out for Kohli he the win percentage of 60. With the form, Kohli, and India are in, he will soon become the most successful captain of India.
Earlier this year, Kohli was presented with ICC Test Championship mace after India held onto the top spot in ICC’s Test Team Rankings.
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Kohli equals Ponting’s Record
Last year, Kohli led team India defeated Sri Lanka to clinch the three-match series. Kohli equaled former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting’s record of nine consecutive series victories as captain. Under Ponting, Australia won nine straight series’ from 2005 to 2008.
Kohli’s first test series win as a captain came against Sri Lanka only. He followed that up with victories against South Africa (home), West Indies in 2016 (away), New Zealand in 2017 (home), England (home), Australia (home), Bangladesh (home), Sri Lanka (away).
Most Successful Captain in Test for India
MS Dhoni is India’s most successful captain in Test cricket with 27 wins in 60 matches.
Dhoni also stands to be the only second Indian captain (after Sourav Ganguly) to win his first Test both at home and abroad. He led India for the first time in an overseas Test against New Zealand in March 2009, which India won by 10 wickets.
Most Successful Captain in Test History
Former South African skipper, Graeme Smith remains to be the most successful captain in Test history. In the 109 test matches that Smith has led, South Africa won 53 Test.
India will play England an away 5 match Test series from the month of August. This will be the biggest test for Kohli, not just as a batsman but as a captain as well. The real test of character is all set to begin soon.
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