Virat Kohli Set To Leapfrog Sourav Ganguly, Will Join MS Dhoni In Elite List
The Indian captain Virat Kohli is all set to surpass former skipper Sourav Ganguly record. Ganguly had led the Indian team in 49 Test matches whereas Virat Kohli will lead India for the 50th time when he will hold the captaincy reins in the second Test match against South Africa at Pune. Hence, Kohli will become the second Indian captain to lead the team in 50 or more Test matches.
Only MS Dhoni has led India in more than 50 Test matches. The former skipper had led the side in 60 Test matches in which he had taken the team to victory in 27 matches. In fact, Kohli has already overtaken Dhoni in terms of the number of Test matches won as captain, as the team has won 29 matches under his leadership.
Kohli has been superb.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly had led India to victory in 21 Test matches out of the 49 games. On the other hand, India had taken a 1-0 lead after winning the first Test match by 203 runs against South Africa by 203 runs.
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Rohit Sharma was the star of the show as he scored two centuries. The right-hander scored a fine knock of 176 in the first innings and scored another 127 in the second essay.
Mayank Agarwal also scored a fine 215 runs in the first innings as he batted at the top of his game. Ravichandran Ashwin scalped eight wickets in the match whereas Mohammed Shami took a five-wicket haul in the second innings. Ravindra Jadeja also took four wickets in the second dig.
Most Tests as captain for India:
MS Dhoni- 60
Virat Kohli- 49*
Sourav Ganguly- 49
Sunil Gavaskar/ Mohammed Azharuddin- 47
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi- 40.
On the other hand, Kohli had scored 20 runs in the first innings of the first Test match against South Africa at Visakhapatnam. The talisman was dismissed by Muthuswamy after the ball had stopped in the pitch and Kohli gave a simple return catch to the left-arm spinner. Kohli scored a quickfire unbeaten knock of 31 off just 25 balls in the second essay.
India and South Africa will play the second Test match at Pune from tomorrow.
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