New Delhi: Indian cricket team’s most successful Test captain, Virat Kohli on Saturday stunned everyone with his decision to retire as national team’s captain for the longest format of the game. His decision to step down as Test skipper comes a day after team India lost the three-match Test series 2-1 against South Africa.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 15, 2022
As legend Virat Kohli resigns, let’s have a look at his record as team India’s Test captain.
Virat ends his Test captaincy as Indian cricket team’s most successful Test captain ever!
Virat Kohli has captained the national team in 68 Test matches. Under his captaincy, team India has won 40 matches and lost 17. He is so far tea India’s most successful Test captain in International cricket.
Virat Kohli finishes his Test captaincy as World’s Number 4 most successful Test Captain
If India would have won their maiden Test series in South Africa under Virat’s (40 Test wins) captaincy, he would have equalled Australian legend Steve Waugh’s (41 Test wins) record in terms of wins as Test captain in international cricket.
Virat Kohli quits India’s Test captaincy as World’s 4th most successful Test captain
Virat Kohli won his 40th Test in international cricket as team India’s captain after beating Proteas in Ind vs SA 1st Test in Centurion. The captains who have won more Tests as captain in international cricket are Steve Waugh (41 Test wins), Ricky Ponting (48 Test wins) and Graeme Smith (53 Test wins).
Virat is the only Indian captain to win to win a Test match at South Africa’s Centurion
Team India’s hard-fought win in the series opener at Centurion made Virat Kohli the only Indian Test captain to win a Test match against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Virat Kohli has most Test wins as an Asian captain in SENA nations
Team India’s win in Ind vs SA 1st Test is Virat’s 7th win in SENA countries. Over the course of his Test career as India’s captain, he won three Tests in the UK, two in South Africa and two in Australia.
Virat Kohli is the first Indian skipper to win two Test matches in South Africa
Virat Kohli led team India to a Test match win against Proteas in the rainbow nation back in 2018. His 2nd win as India’s Test captain came after the visiting team defeated South Africa in the Ind vs SA Centurion Test.
Virat Kohli is the only Asian captain to win two Boxing Day fixtures
Virat Kohli-led team India defeated Australia Down Under in 2018, which also included a Boxing Day Test win, to win the Test series 2-1 and then defeated South Africa in Ind vs SA 1st Test at Centurion (Boxing Day Test) to make Virat the only Asian captain to win two Boxing Day fixtures.