India’s 500th Test match, against New Zealand, began in Kanpur on Thursday with the hosts reduced to 291/9 at stumps after captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first.
India were comfortably poised at 154/1 before the wickets started to tumble. Through spinner Mitchell Santner and pacer Trent Boult, both of whom took three wickets each, the Kiwis began their fightback.
As India play the 500th match of its 84-year history in the longest format, here’s a look at some of the country’s most illustrious Test captains.
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Chief selector Raj Singh Dungarpur picked Mohammad Azharuddin as skipper to kill a revolt led by skipper Kris Srikkanth and others demanding more pay for players. “Mian captain banoge?” is what he asked Azhar and he nodded.
Sachin Tendulkar, India’s most successful batsman with 200 Tests, has led India in just 25 matches, winning four.
India’s record wicket-taker Anil Kumble (132 Tests) has led India in just 14, winning three.
In solid hands
This is Virat Kohli’s second season as India Test captain. He has led in 14 matches before the Kanpur Test and India have won in seven of them. As skipper, he has scored 1,156 runs with an average of 52.54.