Sat. Jan 23rd, 2021
Virat Kohli - Indian all-format Captain

Virat Kohli is currently one of the best players in world cricket. However, more than just his contribution as a batsman, Kohli has been leading the Indian Cricket Team in all three formats since 2017. In 2014, Kohli was handed over the Test reigns as India captain after MS Dhoni announced his retirement midway through India’s tour of Australia in 2014/15. While Virat Kohli didn’t taste success during his maiden Test series as captain, he has had a brilliant captaincy record thereafter in the past few years.

In 2017, Kohli was named the full-time India captain after he was handed over the captaincy in the limited-overs format too. While Kohli is still due to winning any major ICC trophy, his Test record as captain speaks volumes of his leadership and India’s consistency in the longest form of the game.

Under Kohli’s captaincy, India won its maiden Test series in Australia in 2018/19 after touring down under since 1948. It was under Kohli’s leadership that India was crowned as the No.1 Test team in the ICC Rankings for a continuous period of 42 months from October 2016 till early March 2020.

We conduct a Statistical Analysis on Virat Kohli and his captaincy record in various formats for India and in the IPL:

Virat Kohli Captaincy record in Tests

Matches: 55, Won: 33, Lost: 12, Draw: 10, Wins Home: 20 , Wins Away: 13

Most double centuries in Test Cricket
Virat Kohli has scored most Test double tons since 2016

55 – Kohli holds the record for 2nd most Test matches as captain for India. He’s only behind MS Dhoni, who led India in 60 Test matches during his career. Overall, Kohli holds 11th spot as captain in most Test matches.

33– With 33 wins in Test matches, Kohli is the most successful Indian Test captain. He’s followed by MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly with 27 and 22 Test wins respectively as India captains.

20– Kohli has scored most Test centuries for India as captain. With 20 centuries since being Indian Test skipper, Kohli is only behind Graeme Smith (25) with most Test hundreds as captain.

7– Kohli has scored seven double centuries in his Test career. Coincidentally, all of his Test double tons have come during his tenure as captain. This also puts him first on the list of most double centuries for any Test captain.

1 – Only Indian captain to lead his side to a Test series win in Australia (2-1). In fact, Virat Kohli is the only Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia.

1 – Kohli also holds the record for scoring most Test runs for India as captain. In 55 Tests so far, Virat has scored 5142 runs at an average of 61.21 including a highest score of 254* against South Africa.


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Virat Kohli Captaincy record in ODIs

Matches: 92, Won: 63, Lost: 26, NR/Tied: 3

Virat Kohli - Indian ODI Captain
Virat Kohli – Indian ODI Captain (Image Source: Getty Images)

63 – Virat Kohli has led India in 63 ODI wins as captain. He’s the fourth most successful ODI Indian captain after the likes of MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, and M Azharuddin.

2-  Virat has the second most runs as Indian ODI skipper (5320 runs) after MS Dhoni. Dhoni registered a tally of 6641 runs ODI runs in 200 matches as captain for India.

21– He has scored the most number of ODI centuries by an Indian captain. Kohli is only behind Ricky Ponting, who scored 22 centuries during his tenure as captain of Australia.


Virat Kohli Captaincy record in T20Is

Matches: 40, Won: 26, Lost: 11, Tie/NR: 3

Kohli would aim at the T20 World Cup next year in India
Kohli would aim at the T20 World Cup next year in India

1– Kohli has scored the most T20I runs by an Indian skipper. With 1271 T20I runs, Virat is only behind England’s Eoin Morgan (1285) and South Africa’s Faf Du Plessis (1273).

2– He is the second most successful T20I captain of India with 26 wins. MS Dhoni has secured most T20I wins (42) as Indian captain.

1– Kohli also holds the record for scoring the quickest 1000 T20I runs as captain. He took a mere 30 innings to claim the milestone, which happens to be an inning quicker than South Africa’s Faf du Plessis.

1– Only Indian skipper to win T20I bilateral series in all SENA  nations. Under him, India won 5-0 in New Zealand in 2020, 2-1 in Australia 2020, 2-1 in England in 2018, and 2-1 in South Africa in 2018.


Virat Kohli Captaincy record across all formats in International Cricket

Matches: 187, Won: 122, Lost: 49, Draw/NR/Tie: 16


Virat Kohli Captaincy record in IPL

Virat Kohli has led RCB in 125 IPL matches so far
Virat Kohli has led RCB in 125 IPL matches so far (Pic Credits:

Matches: 125, Won: 57, Lost: 64, NR: 4

3– Kohli has led RCB in 125 IPL matches which is third-highest for any captain in the IPL. He is only behind Gautam Gambhir (129) and MS Dhoni (188).

1– Virat has scored most runs in IPL history as captain.


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