Virat Kohli Captaincy Record (Tests, ODIs, T20Is, and IPL)– A Statistical Analysis

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.

Virat Kohli registered his 38th Test win as captain in the 4th Test at Oval. Kohli is the most successful Indian captain in Test matches. He has 15 away wins as captain of India.

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: 65, Won: 38, Lost: 16, Draw: 11, Wins Home: 23, Wins Away: 15

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

65 – Kohli holds the record for most Test matches as captain for India. Virat Kohli played his 61st Test match as Captain in the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand. He surpassed MS Dhoni's tally of 60 Tests as India Captain.

38– With 37 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.

23 – Virat Kohli now has the most Test wins at home for India. India's victory in the Pink-Ball Test against England was Kohli's 22nd Test win at home. Kohli went past MS Dhoni's tally of 21 Test wins at home as India skipper.

20– Kohli has scored most Test centuries for India as captain. With 20 centuries since being an 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 – Kohli also holds the record for scoring most Test runs for India as captain. In 63 Tests so far, Virat has scored 5511 runs at an average of 56.81 including a highest score of 254* against South Africa.


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Virat Kohli Captaincy record in ODIs

Matches: 95, Won: 65, Lost: 27, NR/Tied: 3

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

65 – Virat Kohli has led India in 65 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: 45, Won: 27, Lost: 14, Tie/NR: 4

Kohli would aim at the T20 World Cup next year in India
Kohli would aim at the T20 World Cup 2021 in India

1– Kohli has scored the most T20I runs by an Indian skipper. With 1421 T20I runs, Virat is ranked fourth among captains with the most runs in T20Is.

2– He is the second most successful T20I captain of India with 27 wins. MS Dhoni has secured the 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.

4 – With 27 T20I wins, Kohli is ranked fourth among most T20I wins as Captain. He's only behind Asghar Afghan, MS Dhoni, and Eoin Morgan among T20I captains.


Virat Kohli Captaincy record in IPL

Virat Kohli has led RCB in 125 IPL matches so far
Virat Kohli has led RCB in 128 IPL matches so far (Pic Credits:

Matches: 132, Won: 60, Lost: 65, NR: 4

3– Kohli has led RCB in 132 IPL matches which is the second-highest for any captain in the IPL. He is only behind MS Dhoni in terms of matches played as a captain in the IPL.

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

22 – At the age of 22 years, Kohli became the youngest player to captain an IPL side. In IPL 2011, in the absence of Daniel Vettori, Kohli captained RCB for three matches to holds the record for youngest captain in IPL history.


Virat Kohli Captaincy record across all formats in International Cricket

Matches: 205, Won: 130, Lost: 57, Draw/NR/Tie: 18


(Stats updated till the end of ENG vs IND 4th Test)