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Virat Kohli equals Dhoni’s record as Test captain

February 17, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Indian captain Virat Kohli became joint most successful Test captain at home, equaling Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record. This was his 21st win in the purest format of the game. Former skipper Dhoni also has 21 wins at home, notching up a success rate of 70 per cent. Virat Kohli has a higher win rate of 77.8 per cent with only two defeats and five draws from 28 games. 

Mohammad Azharuddin has a success rate of 65 per cent with 13 wins. Sourav Ganguly (10 wins, 47.6 per cent), and Sunil Gavaskar (seven wins, 24.1 per cent) are also on this elite list. Kohli praised his team's efforts against England after his side equalled the series with a thumping 317-run win. India produced an all-round performance before heading to Ahmedabad for the remaining two encounters. Chasing a record victory target of 482, England were bundled out for 164 in their second innings. Moeen Ali was England's top scorer as he scored 43 runs in 18 balls.

Ashwin has been awarded the Player of the Match with eight wickets and a century

Axar Patel scalped five wickets giving away 60 runs. He became the ninth Indian bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul on Test debut. Ashwin claimed 3-53 in the second innings and finished the match with eight wickets and a century in India's second innings. Kuldeep Yadav also picked up two scalps as Indian spinners accounted for all ten wickets in the second innings and 17 wickets overall.

Virat Kohli led India in 58 Test matches. India won 34 and lost 14 matches under his captaincy. By the end of 4th Test against England, Kohli will join Dhoni at the top spot on the table of most games as Indian captain.

The Indian skipper was handed over the captaincy reins on the tour of Australia in 2014/15. Under him, India have won two consecutive Border-Gavaskar Trophies. India only lost two home Tests under his captaincy so far. Virat and Co. are now targeting to qualify for the final of the ICC World Test Championship.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh