Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar opines that Virat Kohli, the current Indian skipper, will end his career as the most capped captain in the game.
Currently, it’s former skipper MS Dhoni who has the most caps as a captain – 332 matches across formats from 2007 to 2018. Virat Kohli, who took over from Dhoni, first in Tests and then in limited-overs cricket, has captained India in 201 internationals.
Virat Kohli has tipped over Dhoni in Test cricket, with 61 matches to Dhoni’s 60, however, he is yet to win an ICC trophy for the side. Under the Delhi-born, India have suffered three consecutive losses in ICC knockout matches – the 2017 Champions Trophy final, the 2019 World Cup semi-final, and the latest one, the 2021 World Test Championship final.
Virat Kohli dictates the way the culture of the team is: Sanjay Bangar
However, on the Test front, Virat Kohli has created a dominant force, a world-beating team that conquered Australia in 2018/19, as he became the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia.
While he wasn’t there to witness the series win again in 2020/21, it was his philosophies to assembling a fast-bowling group, and embuing the never say die culture in the squad that helped them in difficult times. Under the charismatic skipper, India have also ruled the Test ranking for a long time.
Sanjay Bangar mentions similar points while speaking about the effect of Virat Kohli on Team India, while he predicts that the 32-year-old will lead the country in a lot more matches to come.
“If as leaders, you have the opportunity to actually dictate the way the culture of the team is and the outcomes that the team derives, then, in that case, all of them (nominees) were in quest of excellence. So is Virat, I do not doubt that he’ll end up being probably captaining more than any other captain in the history of the game,” Bangar said while speaking on Star Sports.