With India ready to wrestle against strong force South Africa, Team India skipper Virat Kohli has an opportunity – to bag another record under his belt, and this time it’s not with the bat.
While considering the schedule of India’s tour of South Africa, India is yet to script a history in South Africa while boys are confident to deliver in the much-awaited Test series.
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However, the list is topped by concurrent limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has led India in 60 Tests in which he registered 27 wins and subsequently went on to lose 18 matches, as 15 Tests ended in a draw.
The bilateral series will open up with the first Test on January 5 at Newlands in Cape Town and India has opted for net sessions to acclimatise to the conditions which have the history proving to be helpful for the pace battery.
As India is already in South Africa, the players have been undergoing the rigorous training; Kohli has cherished the success back home against top-notch teams before venturing out for the overseas mission.
The 29-year-old Kohli, who has been brilliant with the willow in the year 2017, is all set to surpass former Indian skipper and all-rounder Kapil Dev, as the former is placed at the sixth position with the most number of Test fixtures as a leader of the national team.
Kohli would equal the number of Test matches record (34) as a captain with veteran Dev in the second Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion which is scheduled to begin on January 13.
Moreover, to surpass the legendary Dev’s, Kohli will go past the latter to seal the fifth spot when he leads India in the third and final Test at The Wanderers in Johannesburg which is slated for January 24.
Concurrently, Kohli is sitting at the sixth spot with 32 matches as a leader which saw him claiming 20 wins and losing out in just three fixtures. However, as many as nine Tests ended without any result.
Interestingly, Kohli following the burgeoning success is third successful captain for India regarding most wins in the Test fold.
As Dhoni has managed 27 wins, another former skipper and the left-handed batsman has 21 wins in 49 fixtures.
With further saw his winning percentage of 62.50 where he atop his former skipper Dhoni.
Virat has played 63 Tests so far in which he is averaging 53.75. He has amassed 5,268 runs in 106 runs and went on to register 20 hundreds and 15 fifties.
Here’s the list of six Test captains who led Team India in the most number of matches:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: 60; won 27, lost 18, draw 15
Sourav Ganguly: 49; won 21, lost 13, drawn 15
Mohammad Azharuddin: 47; won 14, loss 14, drawn 19
Sunil Gavaskar: 47; won 9, loss 8, drawn 30
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi: 40; won 9, loss 19, drawn 12
Kapil Dev: 34; won 4, loss 7, drawn 22, tied 1
Virat Kohli: 32; won 20, loss 3, drawn 9