Virat Kohli as Test captain has third-best win percentage of 58.82 after Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting
As South Africa defeated India in the Freedom Trophy 2021-22, there were talks that India will make major changes in their batting line-up going forward. However, unexpectedly skipper Virat Kohli resigned from Test captaincy immediately on the next day which has left the cricket fraternity across the world stunned. Kohli has been a highly successful captain in Test cricket in recent years, so this resignation has raised many eyebrows.
Let’s take a look at some records Team India achieved under Virat Kohli in Test cricket:
3 - Virat Kohli-led Indian team won 58.82 per cent of Test matches, which is the third-best win percentage in Test cricket after Steve Waugh (71.93 pc) and Ricky Ponting (62.24 pc) among Test captains who have led their side at least 25 times in Test cricket.
68 - Virat Kohli captained India in the highest number of Test matches (68). Mahendra Singh Dhoni is second on the list, as he led India 60 times in Test cricket.
1 - Virat Kohli is the most successful Test captain of India as he led the national side to wins in 40 Tests. MS Dhoni (27) and Sourav Ganguly (21) are distant second and third in the list of most successful Test captains of India.
2 - Virat Kohli is also the fourth successful Test captain in world cricket after Graeme Smith (53), Ricky Ponting (48) and Steve Waugh (41).
1 - Virat Kohli is the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia. He led his side to a win in the Border-Gavaskar Test series in 2018-19.
1 - Virat Kohli is the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia.
1 - Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer (5864) among Indian captains. MS Dhoni is a distant second in the list with 3454 runs in 60 Test matches as captain.
4 - Virat Kohli is the fourth-highest run-scorer (5864) as captain in Test cricket after Graeme Smith (8659), Allan Border (6623) and Ricky Ponting (6542).
1 - Virat Kohli is the only Asian player to amass 5000 or more runs in Test cricket as captain. Misbah-ul-Haq is second to Kohli with 4212 runs as Test captain for his side.
1 - Virat made the record of scoring most number of Test centuries (20) as captain. Sunil Gavaskar is a distant second in the list with 11 Test centuries in 47 games.
1 - Virat Kohli made the record of scoring most number of Test centuries (20) as an Asian captain. Sri Lankan stalwart Mahela Jayawardene is second on the list with 14 centuries in 38 Test matches.
7 - Virat is the only player to smash 7 double centuries as a Test skipper. Caribbean legend Brian Lara is second to Kohli in the list with five double centuries as Test captain.
1 - Virat Kohli registered the highest Test average (54.80) among all Indian Test captains. Sunil Gavaskar is second to Virat Kohli with an average of 50.72 on this list.
1 - Among Indian captains who have captained in at least 40 Test matches, Virat Kohli has the highest win/loss ratio - 2.352. Sourav Ganguly is second to Kohli in the list with a win/loss ratio of 1.615.
4 - Four Indian pacers took 100+ wickets under the captaincy of Virat Kohli in Test cricket. Only Graeme Smith (7) and Clive Lloyd (5) led more pacers who went on to take more than 100 wickets in Test cricket under their captaincy.