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5 Greatest Indian Test captains of all time

Over the years, India have had a glorious Test history. In that, although they have never been world beaters, they have always challenged and pushed to the limit the teams who have. Behind the glory days have been some of the most enigmatic men that the game has ever seen, who have led the Indian cricket team through crests and troughs, and have been equally unaltered by both of them. In the remembrance of Indian Test captains, here we have tried to analyse their performances and pick out 5 of the greatest men to have led the India in Tests on the basis of statics.

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 17 September 2016, 10:36:24 PM
5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

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India’s landmark ‘500th Test match’ to be played against New Zealand in Kanpur from September 22 shall witness former Indian Test captains being facilitated by the BCCI. Since their inception into Test cricket, the Indians have slowly but surely progressed from being minnows to a formidable side in top flight cricket. 

There have been many men who led the Indian test team with distinction but we have chosen the top five test captains based on their overall winning record.

5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

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1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Calm and cool in his demeanor, M S Dhoni turned India into an impregnable fortress at home and made them the number one Test side in the world. Dhoni became the most successful Indian Test captain when he eclipsed Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21 victories from 49 Tests. He led India in 60 Tests with 27 wins and an impressive win percentage of 45 %. 

5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

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2. Sourav Ganguly: 
With the turn of the century, Sourav Ganguly took over the Indian captaincy at a time when the match fixing scandal largely loomed over Indian cricket. Ganguly would be most remembered for instilling a competitive attitude in his players to take on the best in their own backyard.  India won 21 of the 49 Tests under 'Dada’s' captaincy. It is notable that 11 of those victories came on overseas soil.
5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

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3. Mohammad Azharuddin

Mohammad Azharuddin was the skipper of the Indian team for most of the 1990s. Azhar had an impressive captaincy record in sub-continent conditions. He captained the team with distinction in 49 test matches, out of which the Indian side won 14 matches.

5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

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4. Sunil Gavaskar

‘Little Master’ Sunil Gavaskar captained the Indian team on several occasions in the late 70's and early 80s. Kapil Dev emerged as a leading pace bowler for the country during his captaincy. He led India to nine victories and eight losses, but most of the games during his stint as skipper were drawn.

5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

5 Greatest Indian Test Captains of all time

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5.Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

Much like his personality, 'Tiger' Pataudi has a touch of class about his captaincy. ‘Tiger’ Pataudi was captain of the Indian cricket team in 40 of his 46 matches. The Indians could notch up 9 wins in his stint as a captain. However his victories included India's first ever Test match win on overseas soil against New Zealand in 1968.