Virat Kohli Set To Become First Indian Captain To Achieve This Incredible Record
Virat Kohli has made a habit of shattering record every now and then. At first, he used to do it just as a batsman and now has been doing it as captain too. A lot of people had expressed their apprehensions when Kohli replaced the legendary MS Dhoni as the captain of the Test side. But Kohli has defied all the expectations and is looking well set to create his own legacy.
He has already become one of India’s most decorated Test skippers, having led the team to series wins over South Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and West Indies. India has been on top of the ICC Test rankings for over two years now. And Kohli is now all set to add another feather to his already illustrious cap. He is just one game away from achieving a record that no Indian skipper could achieve in the past – a Test series win Down Under.
Just a draw in the fourth and final Test against Australia in the ongoing series will be more than enough to secure a historic triumph. But if he manages to lead his troop to a win in Sydney, he will create a record that no other Indian captain achieved in the country’s 76-year old Test history. Another win in this series will make Kohli the first-ever Indian captain to win two overseas Test series with three wins in each of the competitions. The 30-year old had led India to a 3-0 Test series win against Sri Lanka in 2017.
Not only that, he will also become the second Indian captain to win three Tests in a series outside Asia. The first and only Indian captain to achieve this feat is Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who won 3-1 in New Zealand in 1967-68.
Kohli will also surpass Sourav Ganguly’s record for the most Test wins away from home with a win in Sydney. The Indian skipper has led India to 11 away wins in 24 games so far. Kohli will also become the most successful Asian captain with three wins in Australia. Bishan Singh Bedi and Mushtaq Mohammad are the other two Asian captains with two wins in Australia.
The fourth and final Test gets underway on January 3.