Virat Kohli has emerged the most successful Test skipper of India. Over the past few seasons, India have been the No 1 Test team in world cricket. Since Kohli took over the captaincy in 2014 from MS Dhoni, India have achieved one success after another. Cricwizz takes a look at a few records Indian cricket team has achieved since Kohli took over Test captaincy.
Until India lost to the Test series in South Africa 2-1 in 2018, India have held all the Test trophies against all Test-playing nations.
India have won 12 consecutive series at home. However, this record is shared jointly by MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Dhoni led India to two series win against Australia 4-0 and West Indies 2-0 before Kohli led India to 10 consecutive series win at home. The previous best was 11, done twice by Australia.
India have won a record 7 consecutive Tests – 2 against WI, 3 against South Africa and 2 against Bangladesh. The previous record was 6 straight Test wins under Dhoni.
India have achieved a world record of 4 straight Test wins by an innings.
India have achieved the record of posting a Test win at home without the spinner taking a single wicket for the first time under Kohli. It happened in the Eden Gardens Test against Bangladesh recently.
India have posted three whitewashes of three-match Test series under Virat Kohli. It happened against New Zealand in 2016, against Sri Lanka in 2017, and against South Africa in 2019.
Kohli is the most successful Test skipper for India, winning 33 matches out of 53, with 10 losses and 10 draws. The next best is 27 by Dhoni.
India made their highest Test score of 759/7 decl against England at Chennai in 2016.
India have lost only 1 Test at home under Virat Kohli out of a total of 26 he has led India. He has won 20 of them, and while five ended in a draw. He has a success percentage of 76.92.
Kohli has won 5 Test series away from home. He won Test series in Sri Lanka and West Indies twice, and a historic Test series win in Australia in 2018-19. No other Indian skipper has achieved this number of Test series wins away from home.
India have achieved 13 overseas Test wins out of 27 under Virat Kohli, the most by any Indian skipper ever. The next best is 11 by Sourav Ganguly.
Indian cricketers, including the captain Kohli, have managed to score a record 12 double tons or more. Out of that, Kohli himself has scored 6 double tons.
Under Kohli, India won their maiden Test series against Australia Down Under 2-1 in 2018-19. India won it for the first time after seven decades of first playing Australia Down Under.
4 Indian players are in top 10 rankings for top batsmen in Tests. Kohli is at 2nd, C Pujara is at 4th, Ajinkya Rahane is at 5th, and Mayank Agarwal is at 10th, a first in Indian Test cricket.
Indian pace bowlers average 15.16 in 2019, which is the second-best ever for a team’s quicks who managed 50-plus wickets in a calendar year.
India managed to finish the match against Bangladesh in Eden Gardens in 968 balls to record the shortest match in India, beating the previous record of 1028 balls against Afghanistan in 2018.
Indian pace bowlers in the Bangladesh series average 13.48, the best in any home series of two or more Tests.
Indian pacers – Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma – grabbed 20 wickets at an average of lower than 20 in 2019, the only second instance of three bowlers from the same team achieving the feat.
Ishant and Umesh created history against Bangladesh in Eden Gardens when they took eight wickets or more in the same Test, a first in Indian cricket history.
India have been unbeaten in Tests this year. They have played 8 Tests, winning 7 and drawing 1.