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Virat Kohli registers 22nd win as Test skipper; overtakes Sourav Ganguly to become second-most successful Indian captain

Virat Kohli has registered his 22nd victory as captain after winning the Trent Bridge Test and that makes him the second best Indian Test skipper in history as far as wins are concerned. Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni tops the list with 27 Test victories from 60 matches.

cricket Updated: Aug 22, 2018 16:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Virat Kohli has registered his 22nd victory as captain after winning the Trent Bridge Test.(AFP)

After overtaking Mohammad Azharuddin as the Indian skipper with the maximum runs in a series against England in England on Monday, Virat Kohli achieved another milestone on Wednesday when India thrashed England by 203 runs in the third Test at Trent Bridge. With this win, Kohli registered his 22nd victory as captain and that makes him the second best Indian Test skipper in history as far as wins are concerned. Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni tops the list with 27 Test victories from 60 matches.

Kohli, who has led India on 38 occasions, has time on his side and considering India’s jam-packed schedule, it seems likely that he will surpass MS Dhoni’s Test captaincy record in the near future. Kohli took over the Indian cricket team captaincy during the tour of Australia in 2014 and his total of 692 runs in four Tests was the most by any Indian batsman in a Test series in Australia.

He followed it up with series wins over Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England, Australia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.However, except for Sri Lanka and West Indies, all of the victories came on home soil and in the much-anticipated Test series in South Africa, Virat Kohli’s side were defeated 2-1 after they lost the first two matches. In comparison, Sourav Ganguly registered 11 out of his 21 wins on foreign soil.

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On the batting front, Kohli’s 23rd ton saw him go past Azharuddin’s tally of 426 runs to become the Indian captain with most runs in a series in England. Kohli banished questions about his poor England record of 2014 with a brilliant 149 in the first Test at Edgbaston, though as skipper he desperately needed the other batsmen to join the party. Trent Bridge has witnessed that team turnaround. On Monday, Kohli completed his 23rd century, which would have been the 24th but for his getting out for 97 in the first innings. Kohli’s knock stood out for patience, waiting for the bad balls. There was never an attempt to dominate the bowling though India’s lead was well past 350 and England didn’t have a chance to come back.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 15:48 IST