Captain Virat Kohli led from the front, both at bat and in aggression; Here is an overview of his file
Virat Kohli resigned as Indian Tests captain on Saturday and in doing so shrugged off the last mantle of his national team leadership. Kohli, who earned a reputation as one of the finest batsmen India has ever produced, also enjoyed a reputation for volatility and aggression on the pitch, which injected energy into an Indian team. who had, in years past, been perceived as soft, if not soft.
As a drummer, Kohli has a stellar record. Since his ODI debut in 2008, Kohli, over 254 matches, has amassed 12,169 carries at an astonishing average of 59.07, with 43 centuries, 62 half-centuries and a high score of 183. In Test matches, since winning his Indian cap in 2011, Kohli has played 99 games and scored a respectable 7,962 runs at 50.39, with 27 hundreds and 28 fifty, and 254 unbeaten as his best tally. In 95 Twenty20 Internationals, the fiery right-hander scored 3,227 runs at 52.04, with 29 half-tons and a high score of 94 not knocked out.
Also as captain, Kohli’s record was enviable. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and see how Kohli fared as a captain against his illustrious predecessors which include MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.
Kohli was first given the reins of the Indian squad in 2014 after Dhoni stepped down as Test captain. In 2017, he became the full-time captain of Team India after also taking charge of limited formats.
Since then, Kohli had led India in 66 Test matches, 95 ODIs and 50 T20Is. And here’s how he got away with it.
In Test cricket, Kohli’s captaincy was nothing short of spectacular. The wonderkid-turned-statesman now holds the distinction of being India’s most successful Test captain, with 39 wins and a winning percentage of 59 – overtaking Dhoni, who led India to 27 wins in 60 tests 45 percent). Twenty-five of the wins under Kohli have come at home and the rest away. Kohli also holds the record for having led the national team for the most matches. Under his leadership, India lost 16 games and drew 11.
Kohli also enjoys the status of scoring the most centuries as a captain, with 20. These included seven double centuries. Only South African Graeme Smith (25) has more centuries of testing as captain than Kohli. However, Kohli hasn’t scored a hundred in the past two years, his last coming against Bangladesh in 2019. Kohli also scored the most points (5,703) as captain than any other Indian.
One Day Internationals
It would be his time as skipper in the limited versions of the game, particularly the 50 overs variant, that Kohli would feel some regret. In 95 ODI, Kohli led India to 65 wins and 27 losses, with three games ending in a draw or tie. That translates to a winning percentage of 68, which is by no means bad, but Kohli’s biggest regret would be his failure to lift silverware in any ICC competition. The team’s performance at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and, more recently, this year’s T20 World Cup, would be particularly salient. In terms of winning percentage, he is the fourth most successful Indian ODI captain, after Dhoni, Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin.
As a drummer, however, Kohli has only impressed. Kohli scored the second most ruins (5,441) as India’s ODI captain, second only to Dhoni (6,641). He also scored the most centuries as a captain. Only Ricky Ponting, who scored 22 centuries as an Australian skipper, has more tons under his own. belt.
In the shortest form of cricket, Virat Kohli won 60% of matches as captain; he led India in 50 games. Under his leadership, India lost 16 games and the rest were either tied or scoreless.
Again, Kohli’s greatest claim to success as a skipper would be as a batsman, with India having failed to win any tournaments. He has scored the most T20I runs (1,570) as an Indian captain and is fourth among all captains. Kohli also holds the record for fastest to 1,000 races as skipper – he achieved the feat in 30 races, one shy of South Africa’s Fan du Plessis.
Under Kohli, the Indian won series in New Zealand (5-0, 2020), Australia (2-1, 2020), England (2-1, 2018) and South Africa (2-1 , 2018).
Again, it’s the lack of silverware that stands out as a sore point in Kohli’s captaincy record.
Simple numbers, however, are an average measure of the value Kohli has brought to the team. Brimming with fire and vigor, and blessed with tons of aggression and energy, he fired up the Indian side like no other captain before him could have – with the possible exception of Sourav Ganguly. Kohli was the alpha of his team and acted as such at all times. He led his team from the front and was more often than not the first to jump into the fray – any scrum – all for pride, not his own, but India’s. Kohli has never hidden the fact that he bleeds saffron, white and green with a hint of navy blue. His immediate and immediate defense of Mohammad Shami, who was being followed on social media after India’s loss to Pakistan in the recent T20 World Cup, is just one example of Kohli putting his team and friends before him.
The last two years, especially the last few months, may have been difficult for the Delhi shot-stopper, but Virat Kohli has left an everlasting mark – forging the Indian side of cricket on fire – and a blueprint for future captains to follow .