Virat Kohli’s test captaincy explained in numbers and records | Cricket News


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:

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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 have achieved 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 Centurion: Kohli became the third captain and the first Asian to win a Test at the Centurion, the first two being England’s Nasser Hussain in 2000 and Australia’s Michael Clarke in 2014.

Most Tests Won by 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 only the first Asian cricketer to lead his side to two wins in Boxing Day Test matches. Earlier, India conquered Australia, Down Under in 2018, in a series the visitors won 2-1.

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First Indian skipper to win two test matches in South Africa: The 33-year-old led India to two Test match wins against South Africa, the only Indian captain to achieve 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.

Kohli holds the record for most Test appearances as Indian Test captain (68) and he also holds the record for most Test wins by an Indian captain (40). Only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh have won more matches than Kohli as Test cricket captain.

Kohli first captained the team in Test cricket in 2014 against Australia. His last game as captain was the Cape Town Test in South Africa, which India lost by seven wickets. Filling the shoes of MS Dhoni was not going to be easy, but Kohli stormed into leadership, and quickly established himself as one of the finest thinkers the country had seen in Test cricket.

The leadership also brought out the best in Kohli and he saw the hitter record seven double centuries in the game’s longest format. Kohli also holds the record for most goals in Test centuries (20) as captain of India.

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It was under Kohli’s leadership that India was crowned the number one test team in the ICC rankings for a continuous period of 42 months from October 2016 to early March 2020.

Kohli’s decision to step down as Test captain comes a day after India lost the three-match Test series to South Africa on Friday.

Virat Kohli’s biggest win in the longest format came in 2018-19 as India won their first round of Down Under Tests. Under his captaincy, India also reached the final of the World Testing Championship (WTC).

It is also important to note that India was nearly unbeatable under Kohli in home conditions. In the four Tests India played against England in England last year, Kohli’s side took a 2-1 lead and the final Test of the series will be played later this year.


Kohli has the most home Test wins for India as captain. India’s victory over New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium last year was Kohli’s 24th victory at home.

(With ANI inputs)

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