5 Records India achieved under Virat Kohli but not under MS Dhoni
The Indian team has continued to do well under Kohli and the consistency has become better.
Updated - Mar 18, 2020 1:20 pm
It was back in December 2014 that MS Dhoni shocked the world when he decided to bid adieu to Test cricket midway through the Australian tour. Virat Kohli emerged as India’s next full-time Test captain. He had already led India in the first Test of the same series when Dhoni was ruled out due to injury. But the 2015 New Year’s Test was his first as full-time skipper.
Dhoni-led India in the shorter formats for a couple more years before giving up captaincy in ODIs and T20Is as well. In January 2017, Kohli became India’s captain in all three formats. India did well under Dhoni and he was one of the best captains India has ever seen.
The Indian team has continued to do well under Kohli and the consistency has become better. There’s absolutely no doubt that both Dhoni and Kohli are modern-day greats and will go down as two of the finest Indian cricketers. But there are certain milestones India couldn’t achieve under Dhoni but did under Kohli. This is no comparison but just a list of milestones India achieved under Kohli.
Here are five of them:
1. Test win and Test series win in Australia
Australia is one of the toughest places to tour. India have been travelling to Australia since 1947-48 and played 11 Test series there before 2018-19. They hadn’t tasted victory in a single series. There were a couple of drawn series but a series win was out of the picture. Forget winning a series, winning a Test match wasn’t achieved as frequently either. India had won just five Test matches, with three of them coming before their 1983 World Cup win.
Sourav Ganguly had inspirationally led India very close to a series win in 2003-04 but eventually drew 1-1. 2007-08 series was pretty controversial but Anil Kumble’s Indian side fell short and lost 1-2. MS Dhoni-led side were whitewashed in 2011-12 before they lost 0-2 in 2014-15.
It was Virat Kohli and his boys that did the unthinkable. They beat Australia 2-1 in their own backyard and created history. They broke a 71-year-old record by becoming the first-ever Indian and Asian team to beat Australia in a Test series in Australia. India beat Australia in the first Test in Adelaide. They did drop a Test in Perth but bounced back well to win again at the MCG and rain played spoilsport at the SCG which gave India a memorable 2-1 series win.
It did come against an Australian side which was without Steve Smith and David Warner who were serving bans. However, it is still a monumental effort as no other Indian team had done in the past before this Kohli-led team did.