India vs England 2021: Virat Kohli Leapfrogs MS Dhoni To Become The Most Successful Indian Test Captain On Home Soil

India vs England 2021: Virat Kohli Leapfrogs MS Dhoni To Become The Most Successful Indian Test Captain On Home Soil

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Virat Kohli added yet another feather to his cap as he leapfrogged the legendary MS Dhoni to become the most successful Indian captain in Test cricket on home soil.

The ten-wicket win in the just-concluded pink-ball Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium is Virat Kohli’s 22nd victory from the 29 Tests that he has led Team India on home soil.

India has enjoyed an enviable run in Test cricket on home soil under the leadership of Virat Kohli. Since his maiden Test series as captain against South Africa back in 2015, the Men in Blue have lost just two Tests out of 29, winning 22 of them while five have ended in a draw.

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni
Team India won by 10 wickets [Image-BCCI]
Prior to Kohli, MS Dhoni held the record for most Test wins as skipper on home soil. Dhoni led Team India in 30 Tests on home soil between 2008-2013, out of which he won 21 and lost four which also includes a rare-series defeat to England by 1-2 in the winter of 2012.

As far as Virat Kohli is concerned, Team India is yet to lose a home Test series under his leadership. Under Kohli, India has defeated South Africa 3-0 in 2015 & 3-0 in 2019, England 4-0 in 2016, New Zealand 3-0, Bangladesh 1-0 and 2-0 in 2017 and 2019, Australia 2-1 in 2017, Sri Lanka 1-0 in 2017 and West Indies 2-0 in 2018. The two Test defeats that he has suffered as captain came against Australia in Pune in 2017 and against England in Chennai in the ongoing series.

Virat Kohli is already India’s most successful Test captain after having won 35 matches out of the 59 that he had led his side. MS Dhoni is next on the list with 27 wins from 60 Tests followed by Sourav Ganguly [21] and Mohammad Azharuddin [14].

As far as his latest Test win is concerned, Team India hammered England by ten wickets in what turned out to be the shortest Test match since World War II. India have taken an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series but they still need to win or at least ensure that they grind out a draw to confirm their qualification in the ICC World Test Championship final.

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