Virat Kohli (Image: Twitter @ICC)
Virat Kohli became the most successful Indian captain in terms of Test victories on Monday after his team completed a 2-0 series victory over West Indies. Team India also reached the top of World Test Championship table with 120 points from two matches. This was India's 28th Test win under the captaincy of Virat Kohli making him the most successful Indian captain in the longest format of the game. He overtook MS Dhoni who has 27 Test victories under his name.
Kohli has credited his team for this achievement.
"Captaincy is just a c in front of your name honestly. It’s the collective effort that matters,” Kohli told in the post-match presentation. "It’s a by-product of this quality team that we have here, to be honest. If we didn’t have the bowlers that we have, I don’t think the results would have been possible."
"Yes you can score as many runs as you want, but if you look at these guys running in and putting their heart in… I mean Shami’s spell today, Bumrah after having a small niggle, Ishant bowling his heart out, Jadeja bowling a long spell… I don’t think without these bowlers it would have been possible. So I think all the credit has to go to the whole team," he further added.
The 28 wins have come from 48 matches for Kohli as captain. His predecessor Dhoni led India to 27 wins from 60 Test matches during his tenure. Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin are third and fourth in the list of successful Indian Test skippers with 21 and 14 wins respectively.
Overall, former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith remains the most successful skipper in the world with 53 Test wins, followed by ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who recorded 48 Test wins in his captaincy tenure.
Under Kohli, India have achieved some memorable victories in both India and abroad. Earlier this year, India clinched their maiden Test series in Australia, beating the hosts 2-1 in their own backyard.
(With PTI Inputs)