Virat Kohli’s captaincy records in Test cricket

One of the most successful Captains of Indian cricket, Virat Kohli, stepped down as Test Captain on Saturday. Let’s have a look at Virat’s Captaincy records and achievements in Test cricket.

Virat Kohli stepped down as India’s Captain on Saturday, shocking everyone. Kohli took the reins over from MS Dhoni in 2015 when Dhoni retired from Test Cricket in India’s tour of Australia.

Virat Kohli is not just the greatest cricket of this era but also have been one of the most successful Captain to lead India. Kohli has taken Indian cricket to tremendous heights. In the seven years of his captaincy, he has achieved a lot of records and is statistically the most successful Captain of India. 

Here’s the achievements and records of Virat Kohli in Test cricket as Captain:

Kohli’s Test Stat at a Captain:

Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L Win% Loss%
68 40 17 0 11 2.35 58.82 25

 

  • As a Captain, Kohli has scored 20 Test centuries, the second-most for any player. Only Graeme Smith is ahead of him with 25 centuries.
  • Virat Kohli holds the record of playing the highest number of Test matches for India as a Captain. He has played 68 Test matches as a captain; against New Zealand in World Test Championship, Kohli surpassed MS Dhoni’s record of 60 Test matches as a Captain.
  • With 40 wins in 68 matches, Kohli has a win percentage of 58.82, making him the most successful Test captain for India and 3rd overall, just behind Steven Waugh (71.92%) and Ricky Ponting (62.33%).
  • Kohli is the only player in history to score seven Double centuries as a Captain.
  • He is the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia; he achieved this record in 2019.
  • Kohli and Dhoni are the only two Captains to lead India in 50 matches in all the formats.
  • Kohli scored 5864 Test runs as a captain; it is the highest by an Indian cricket and fourth-highest overall.
  • Kohli is the first Asian Captain to win at centurion and the only Indian Captain to win four overseas Tests in a calendar year twice.
  • Under Kohli’s leadership, India has crowned the number one Test team in the ICC Rankings. And remain at the top for 42 months.

Kohli stepping out as an Indian Captain is a huge loss for the team, as the passion and attitude Kohli possessed and has transferred to the side will be highly missed. 

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