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Virat Kohli equals home record of MS Dhoni as Test captain

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are amongst India
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are amongst India's most successful captains
Modified 17 Feb 2021

Virat Kohli joined former skipper MS Dhoni as India's most successful Test captain at home after Team India beat England in the second Test in Chennai by 317 runs.

Kohli has now won 21 Tests as Team India's captain in Tests at home, equalling MS Dhoni's record. The former Indian skipper lost three games and drew six, with a win percentage of 70 at home. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has a win percentage of 77.8, having won the same number of games in 28 Tests.

The 32-year-old has lost just two Tests as Indian captain at home. The first loss was against Australia at Pune in 2017, while the other defeat came in the previous Test against England earlier this month.

Virat Kohli puts captaincy debate to rest with sensational win

After Team India suffered a humiliating loss at the Adelaide Oval in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli departed on paternity leave and Ajinkya Rahane took over as captain. The stand-in captain was applauded for his calm leadership as he led Team India to a historic 2-1 series win.

Following Team India's crushing 227 run defeat to England in the first Test, there was intense discussion about whether Virat Kohli should step down from the Test captaincy.

However, the hosts' comeback win against England has settled the captaincy debate, as Virat Kohli has shown that he is still the right man to lead Team India. He is also the hosts' most successful captain in the longest format of the game, with 34 wins from 58 Tests.

The Indian team must now make sure they do not let the momentum slip away. The series is set up nicely at 1-1, a both teams still have a genuine chance of booking their place in the World Test Championship Final.

The third Test will be a day-night encounter and will be played at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, starting on February 24.

Published 16 Feb 2021, 14:47 IST
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