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Virat Kohli on the verge of breaking Sourav Ganguly’s record

Virat Kohli is at the third spot in the list of most successful Indian Test captains.

Virat Kohli
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli poses with the winners trophy. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Achieving new feats and stacking up the numbers are some of the things you can relate when someone talks about the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. The Indian team is all set to face their neighboring nation Sri Lanka in the series of three Test matches, with the 1st Test starting on 16th November at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. And Kohli once again has a record at his sight.

Kohli has been in terrific form across all three formats but not many have kept a close eye on his record as the Indian skipper. The 29-year-old is on the verge going past Sourav Ganguly’s record as captain in Test matches. MS Dhoni is the most successful Indian Test captain with 27 wins from 60 matches, Ganguly is at the second spot and Kohli is at the third place for now.

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Kohli’s massive win percentage as skipper

If India presses yet another whitewash ( 3-0) against the Lankans then Kohli will jump to the second spot. One might say that this Indian side is yet to be challenged, and that they have mostly played against below par teams apart from the Test series against Australia, earlier this year. But one can’t really ignore Kohli’s 65.51% win percentage since taking over Dhoni at the start of 2015. Dhoni stepped down from the hot seat during the Test series against Australia at the end of 2014.

India squad for first 2 Tests against Sri Lanka:

Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.

Most Test wins as India captain

MS Dhoni – 27 wins (60 matches, Lost 18)

Sourav Ganguly – 21 (49, Lost 13)

Virat Kohli – 19 (29, Lost 3)

Mohammad Azharuddin – 14 (47, Lost 14)

Sunil Gavaskar (47, Lost 8) and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi (40, Lost 19) – 9

Rahul Dravid – 8 (25, Lost 6)

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