Virat Kohli resigns, Check his Record as India’s Most Successful Test Captain

Most Successful Test Captain – Virat Kohli Quits Captaincy: Virat Kohli has resigned from TEST CAPTAINCY. Like T20 Cricket, Kohli stunned everyone with his decision to quit as India’s test captain just 1 day after series defeat at the hands of South Africa. As Kohli resigns, check his TEST CAPTAINCY RECORD: Follow India vs South Africa LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN

Away from home stats

M 37 / W 16 / L 15 / Drawn 6 / Win % 43.24

Home stats

M 31 / W 24 / L 2 / Drawn 5 / Win % 77.41

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Kohli has finished his test captaincy career as India’s most succesful test captain. Under Kohli India registered 40 test victories and he finished as World’s No. 4 most succesful test captain.


  • Graeme Smith (SA):  Matches 109 / Wins 53 / Lost 29 / % 48.62
  • Ricky Ponting (Aus): Matches 77 / 48 Wins / Lost 16 / % 62.33
  • Steve Waugh (Aus) Matches 57 / 41 Wins / Lost 9  / % 71.92
  • Virat Kohli (IND):   Matches 68 / 40 Wins / Lost 17 / % 58
Most Succesful Test Captain: Currently at No. 4th, Virat Kohli can end up with MOST TEST WINS as captain in entire history of Test Cricket, check how?

By winning the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion, Virat Kohli become the only fourth captain to register 40 wins or more in Tests.

Graeme Smith (53), Ricky Ponting (48) and Steve Waugh (41) are the only captains with more test wins then Kohli.

Most Succesful Test Captain: Currently at No. 4th, Virat Kohli can end up with MOST TEST WINS as captain in entire history of Test Cricket, check how?

As the table suggests Kohli finished his captaincy career at No. 4 in the most succesful test captains list.

He is 33 and has 5 years of good test cricket left in him. But his unexpected resignation has stalled his chances to become WORLD’S MOST SUCSSESFUL TEST CAPTAIN.

In comparison Waugh retired at the age of 38 & Ponting’s last victory as test captain also came almost at the same age of 37.

Albeit the most succesful test captain of all times Graeme Smith retired at the age of 33 but by that time he had alread led South Africa for 11 long years & 109 test matches. 

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Champion Captain is already the India’s most succesful test captain by a mile

As India secured the victory, Virat Kohli’s side reached a remarkable feat in Test cricket. The Indian team – only for the second time in its history – won four overseas Tests in a calendar year.

Most Wins as Indian Test Captain

  • Kohli – 67 Matches / 40 Wins / Lost 29 / % 48.62
  • Dhoni – 60 Matches / 27 Wins / 18 Lost / W% 45
  • Ganguly – 49 Matches / 21 Wins / 13 Lost / W% 42.85
  • Azhar – 47 Matches / 14 Wins / 14 Lost / W% 29.78

Virat Kohli as Test Captain: Records and Milestones Virat Kohli achieved by Virat Kohli:

Four overseas Test victories in a calendar year: Kohli is the only Indian captain to achieve the feat twice. Incidentally, it was under Kohli’s captaincy when India achieved the feat for the first time as well.

India won Tests in Brisbane, Lord’s, Oval, and Centurion this year, equalling the feat in 2018 when India began their away win campaign in Johannesburg, Nottingham, Adelaide, and Melbourne.

First Asian to Win at Centuion: Kohli has become the third captain and the first Asian to register a Test win at Centurion the first two being England’s Nasser Hussain in 2000 and Australia’s Michael Clarke in 2014.

Most Test Wins by Asian Captain in SENA Countries: This win is the seventh under Kohli in 23 Tests (Lost 13 and drawn 3) the most by an Asian Captain in SENA countries.
In overseas Tests, Kohli has won 16 out of 36 Tests

Only Indian to conquer Centurion: Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to lead India to a win in Centurion, while they had previously won games in South Africa, a win in Centurion had eluded the Men in Blue so far. For the record, South Africa have won a staggering 21 out of 27 matches played at Centurion. 

Only Asian skipper to win two Boxing Day fixtures:With the victory against South Africa, Virat became only the first Asian cricketer to lead his team to two wins in Boxing Day Test matches. Earlier, India had conquered Australia, Down Under in 2018, in a series that the visitors won by 2-1. 

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