Virat Kohli is just two Test wins away from going past MS Dhoni to become India’s most successful captain in the longest format of the game. Kohli, who took over as team India’s Test captain in 2014, has 26 wins alongside his name in 46 matches. He is just two short of Dhoni’s record. Should India defeat West Indies in the upcoming Test matches, Kohli will become India’s most successful captain.
Under Dhoni, India played 60 Test matches and won 27 of those. In just four and half years, Kohli has raced to Dhoni’s record and looks set to become India’s most successful captain soon.
India are the favourites to win against West Indies and it is highly likely that India will be able to defeat the Jason Holder-led side. Even if West Indies manage to draw the series, India host South Africa and Bangladesh at home and Kohli will surely take over Dhoni then.
Following Dhoni and Kohli on the list are Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin. Ganguly had led India in 49 Tests. Under him, India won 21 contests while under Azharuddin, India won 14 out of 47 Test matches.
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The two-match Test series between India and West Indies kicks off on August 22 with the first Test to be played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. The second Test of the series will be played in Jamaica from August 30.
India look set to deliver a big surprise in the opening Test as Kuldeep Yadav looks set to pip R Ashwin for place in the playing XI. Kuldeep had taken a fifer in his previous Test at Sydney, that Ashwin had missed due to an injury.
In the practice match prior to the Test series, Ashwin bowled eight overs in the fourth innings for one wicket. Kuldeep bowled 9.1 overs in the second innings of the match and took three wickets for 35 runs.
The India-West Indies will also start the ICC Test championship for both the teams. Each Test carries 60 points and the team winning the series will benefit hugely.