Rohit Sharma equals Sunil Gavaskar's huge Test captaincy record

Updated - 28 Feb 2024, 05:40 PM

Sunil Gavaskar and Rohit Sharma
Sunil Gavaskar and Rohit Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma led the national team to a series victory against England in the five-match series at home. Following the victory in the fourth Test, Rohit Sharma equaled the legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar’s record for wins as an Indian captain in Tests.

The Indian team suffered a 28-run loss in the first Test in Hyderabad despite taking a 190-run lead in the first innings. However, the home team bounced back to win the remaining three matches in the series. The Men in Blue took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

The Rohit Sharma-led side secured a five-wicket victory in a thrilling encounter in Ranchi. Wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel was named Player of the Match for his crucial runs with the bat, scoring 90 runs in the first innings followed by 39 in the second innings.

There’s No Point To Keep Talking About It – Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma emphasized his and Rahul Dravid’s role in providing an environment for the team to perform without added pressure. He highlighted the clarity and determination of the players to achieve their goals, suggesting that minimal reminders were necessary.

“My job and Rahul Bhai’s job is to give them the environment they want to be in and they don’t feel too much about going out there and getting the job done, they want to get the job done but there’s no point to keep talking about it or reminding them about it because they are very clear in what they want to do,” Rohit said after the win.

Rohit Sharma Equals Sunil Gavaskar’s Record In Test Cricket

After the win in the fourth Test, Rohit Sharma has equaled the records of Sunil Gavaskar and MAK Pataudi for wins as captain, achieving this milestone in fewer games. Despite this feat, Sharma still trails behind Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, and MS Dhoni in terms of total wins. Notably, Sharma maintains an unbeaten record in bilateral Test series.

Indian Captains With Most Wins In Test Cricket

Virat Kohli – 40 wins from just 68 matches

MS Dhoni – 27 wins from 60 matches

Sourav Ganguly – 21 wins from 49 matches

Mohammad Azharuddin – 14 wins from 47 matches

Rohit Sharma – 9 wins from 15 games

MAK Pataudi – 9 wins from 40 games

Sunil Gavaskar – 9 wins from 47 games

Rohit’s Record As Captain In Tests

India vs Sri Lanka in 2022 – Won 2-0 at home

India vs Australia in 2023 – Won 2-1 at home

World Test Championship against Australia – Lost

India vs West Indies in 2023 – Won 1-0 in West Indies

India vs South Africa in 2023/24 – Drawn 1-1 in South Africa

India vs England in 2024- Won 3-1  at home

The Indian cricket team will face the Ben Stokes-led team in the fifth and final match at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, starting on March 7th, Thursday. The home team aims to win the last match to remain in top place in the World Test Championship (WTC) points table.

India currently holds the second position in the WTC table with 64.58 percent points. India has secured five victories, suffered two defeats, and registered one draw in eight matches of the new cycle. In contrast, England remains in the eighth position, having accumulated only 19.44 percent points from nine matches.

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