Indian batting superstar Virat Kohli is arguably the biggest cricketer in the world at the moment. He is one of the best to grace the game of cricket and already is a modern-day legend. The right-handed batter from Delhi has been a major force behind India’s success across the format in the last decade.
Virat Kohli’s contribution to the Indian team hasn’t come only as a batter but he has also been one of the most successful skippers in all formats. Especially in Test Cricket, Virat Kohli turned the Indian team into a force to reckon with even outside Asia. In fact, one can even argue that the Delhi batter is India’s greatest-ever Test skipper.
Virat Kohli was appointed the captain of the Indian team in Test during the Test series against Australia when then-skipper MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket midway through the tour. Meanwhile, the right-handed batter was appointed the captain of the Indian team in all formats in 2017 as MS Dohin ensured a smooth transition of power with the ODI World Cup 2019 in sight.
Virat’s aggressive form of captaincy did wonders for the Indian cricket team across all formats but he failed to win an ICC trophy during his tenure. Ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022, Virat Kohli announced that he will relinquish the captaincy duties in the shortest format of the game. However, the national selectors wanted only one skipper across the formats, hence, they relieved Kohli from the captaincy duties across all formats.
Meanwhile, in this post, we will take a look at Virat Kohli’s captaincy record in Tests, ODIs, T20Is, and the IPL as well.
Virat Kohli Captaincy Record in Test Cricket
|Number of matches captained||68|
|Date of the last match as captain||11 January 2022|
|Matches won at home||24|
|Matches won away from home||15|
The Run Machine is India’s most successful Test skipper with 40 victories under his belt. He has an impeccable captaincy record in red-ball cricket as the right-handed batter captained the Indian cricket team in 68 Tests. He lost only 17 games as the skipper, while 11 matches ended up as a draw.
Under his captaincy, India dominated world cricket in Tests as they won 18 out of 24 series. Furthermore, India didn’t lose even a single series at home under the leadership of Virat Kohli. India had a win percentage of 58.8% under Virat’s captaincy.
Virat’s Indian team were a major force in Test cricket as India defeated Australia in a Test series on their home soil for the first time. India also reached the final of the first-ever World Test Championship final. Unfortunately, they lost the final to New Zealand and missed out on the champions trophy.
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Virat Kohli Captaincy Record in ODI Cricket
|Number of matches captained||95|
|Date of the last match as captain||28 March 2021|
|Matches won at home||24|
|Matches won away from home||29|
|Matches won on neutral ground||12|
The former India skipper has a great record in the 50-over format as well. Men in Blue played a total of 95 matches under the captaincy of Kohli in ODIs. India won 65 matches out of those 95 and had a winning rate of 68.42%.
Virat Kohli is the fourth-most successful Indian captain in the 50-over format behind MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, and Mohammed Azharuddin. In addition to that, the right-handed batter has also scored the second-most ODI runs as a skipper for India (5449 runs) after MS Dhoni (6641 runs).
Virat Kohli smashed 21 centuries as the Indian skipper – the most by any Indian skipper. He has the 2nd-most ODI centuries in the world as a skipper just behind the legendary Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, who scored 22 centuries as an ODI captain. Under Virat’s captaincy, India played in the ODI World Cup 2019 and reached the semifinals. However, Men in Blue lost the last-four game to New Zealand to miss out on their 3rd World Cup trophy.
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Virat Kohli Captaincy Record in T20I Cricket
|Number of matches captained||50|
|Date of the last match as captain||8 November 2021|
|Matches won at home||13|
|Matches won away from home||14|
|Matches won on neutral ground||3|
Virat Kohli captained India in T20I cricket in 50 matches. India won 30 games out of those while losing 16. With 1570 T20I runs, Kohli scored the most runs by an Indian captain in T20Is. Furthermore, he is the second-most successful Indian captain in the shortest format of the game behind the legendary MS Dhoni who won 42 T20I matches as the Indian captain.
In a unique feat, Virat Kohli is the first-ever and only Indian skipper to win a T20I bilateral series in SENA countries. He won the T20I series in New Zealand (5-0 in 2020), in Australia (2-1 in 2020), in England (2-1 in 2018), and in South Africa (2-1 in 2018).
However, Virat Kohli failed to bring any T20 World Cup trophy to India and after India’s disastrous exit from the T20 World Cup 2021, the batter resigned from the captaincy.
Virat Kohli Captaincy Record in IPL
|Number of matches captained||140|
The great batter has not been as successful in international cricket as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. Virat led the RCB in 140 matches and won only 64 matches, lost 69, and 7 matches ended with no result.
Virat Kohli played the second-most number of matches as a captain in the Indian Premier League after MS Dhoni. The right-hander has scored the most number of runs in the mega league as a captain. Virat has amassed 4674 runs at an average of 43.27 as the captain of RCB.
However, Virat quit the captaincy of the Royal Challengers from Bangalore after the IPL 2021 and played as a player in the 2022 edition.
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