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Top 5 cricketers with most centuries as Test captain

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Published Nov 24, 2019
Nov 24, 2019 IST

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli notched up his 27th Test century on the second day of the pink-ball Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. Kohli made 136 from 194 balls as India declared their innings to 347 for 9 responding to Bangladesh’s first-innings total of 106 all out.

As per passed the century, Kohli became the first Indian player and captain to hit a hundred in a Day-Night Test. His latest feat came just a day after he became the first Indian skipper to cross 5,000 Test runs. Kohli is now the fastest captain to 5,000 Test runs. He got to the landmark in 86 innings, overtaking former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who needed 97 innings to go past the figure.

With his hundred against Bangladesh, Kohli is now second on the list of captains with most Test hundreds. He currently has 20 tons to his name in the longer format of the game. Here’s a look at the international captains with most Test hundreds.

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#5 Steve Waugh (15)

Steve Waugh always stood up when it mattered
Steve Waugh always stood up when it mattered

One of Australia’s most shrewd captains, Steve Waugh was at the helm as leader when the Aussies created that record streak of 16 consecutive Test wins, which was snapped by India at Kolkata in 2001. Apart from his leadership skills, Waugh played his part with the bat as well.

Tugga captained Australia in 57 Tests from 1999-2004 during which he 3,714 runs at an average of 52.30 with 15 hundreds. His highest of 199 as captain came at Bridgetown in March 1999, and Waugh was also the leader of the ship when he made that famous 157 not out at The Oval in August 2001, literally batting on one leg after deciding to play despite being unfit after tearing his calf earlier in the series. Few typified the phrase leading from the front better.

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