Sanjay Bangar: Virat Kohli Would End Up Captaining The Most Matches In Cricket History
Virat Kohli
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Virat Kohli Would End Up Captaining The Most Matches In Cricket History: Sanjay Bangar

Sanjay Bangar, former India batting coach believes that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli will break all the captaincy records, and he would end up captaining more than any other cricketer in the history of the game.

Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar backed Indian skipper Virat Kohli to smash all the captaincy records. Despite the fact that Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain ever so far, he is yet to win an ICC trophy.

Virat Kohli-led India suffered a comprehensive eight-wicket loss against New Zealand in the recently-concluded World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar

Sanjay Bangar: Virat Kohli Will End Up Being Probably Captaining More Than Any Skipper In Cricket History

Sanjay Bangar, who worked with Team India till the 2019 World Cup, said Virat Kohli would end up captaining more than any other cricketer in the history of the game.

“If as leaders, you have the opportunity to actually dictate the way the culture of the team is and the outcomes that the team derives, then, in that case, all of them (nominees) were in quest of excellence. So is Virat, I do not doubt that he’ll end up being probably captaining more than any other captain in the history of the game,” Sanjay Bangar said in Star Sports’ show ‘Cricket Live.’

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

Virar Kohli, who was handed the reins for the final Test match against Australia on the 2014-15 tour, has led India in 61 Tests which is the most by an Indian skipper so far. Under Virat Kohli, India has won 36 Test matches.

In the One Day Internationals, Team India has registered 65 victories from the 95 matches. Virat Kohli has captained the T20I side 45 times, and India has won 27 matches. Under Virat Kohli, India has been the most consistent Test side over the past five years.

Virat Kohli’s Predecessor MS Dhoni Has Captained In Most International Matches

MS Dhoni has led India in 332 international matches and India won 178 of those. The likes of Ricky Ponting (324), Stephen Fleming (303), Graeme Smith (286), Allan Border (271), Arjuna Ranatunga( 249), and Mohammed Azharuddin (221) have captained in more international matches than Virat Kohli (201).

Virat Kohli’s predecessor MS Dhoni has captained in most international matches from 2007 to 2018 before retiring on August 15, 2020, from international matches.

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni. Aijaz Rahi / AP
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni. Aijaz Rahi / AP

While MS Dhoni won 27 Test matches as captain and lost 18 in his 60 games in charge, Virat Kohli is also India’s most successful Test captain with 36 wins and 14 losses.

Virat Kohli is also the longest-serving Test captain for any Asian country with Sri Lanka’s Arjuna Ranatunga and Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq behind him as they captained their respective teams in 56 Test matches each. Virat Kohli has led India to victory in all the 11 Test series at home since taking over and has won in West Indies, Sri Lanka, and twice in Australia. He has a win percentage of 63.68.