Virat Kohli India’s Most Successful Test Captain, Surpasses Dhoni

India’s win over West Indies in the second Test was Virat Kohli’s 28th as Test captain.

Updated02 Sep 2019, 08:57 PM IST
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India skipper Virat Kohli became the nation's most successful leader in the longest format of the game after a 257-run win over West Indies in the second and final Test at Sabina Park on Monday, 2 September.

With his 28th win as India’s Test captain, Kohli went past Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record of 27 Test wins.

Others in the list include Sourav Ganguly (21), Mohammad Azharuddin (14), MAK Pataudi (9) and Sunil Gavaskar (9).

Dhoni had a win percentage of 45 as captain, after winning 27 matches, losing 18 and drawing 15. In the 48 Tests under Virat Kohli, India have registered 28 wins, lost 10 games and drawn another 10.

The run-machine had also surpassed Sourav Ganguly with the most Test wins in overseas matches for India as captain in the first Test of the series. Kohli now has 13 away wins as captain in 27 matches, while Ganguly had 11 wins in 28 games.

After Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game during the tour of Australia in 2014, Kohli took over. In 2018, Kohli led India to their first ever series win in Australia as his team defeated the hosts 3-1 to seal a historic win in the Border-Gavaskar series Down Under.

‘Captaincy Just a ‘C’ in Front of Your Name’

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Kohli said his record was a by-product of the quality team he was leading.

"It's a by-product of the quality team we have here (becoming the most successful Indian captain). If we didn't have the bowlers we have, these results wouldn't have been possible.

"If you see these guys running in – Shami's spell today, Bumrah after having a small niggle, Ishant bowling his heart out, Jadeja bowling a long spell. Captaincy is just a ‘C’ in front of your name. It's the collective effort that matters," the skipper was modesty personified.

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Published: 02 Sep 2019, 07:19 PM IST

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