Virat Kohli Shares A Great Camaraderie With His Predecessor MS Dhoni
Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli Shares A Great Camaraderie With His Predecessor MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli can become the most successful skipper for India in Tests, at home in the 3rd Test against England. Under him, India has won 34 Tests in 58 matches.

Virat Kohli became India’s joint most successful Test captain at home, equaling predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record, with his 21st victory in the longest format of the game against England at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

India's MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli during a Test match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2014.
India’s MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli during a Test match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground  GETTY IMAGES

Virat Kohli  Shares Great Camaraderie With MS Dhoni As He Has Responsibility To Keep Indian Team Atop

Before the start of the third Test between India and England at Motera Stadium, there is a lot of talk going around about veteran pacer Ishant Sharma playing his 100th Test.

There is also a chance for the skipper to lead India in maximum Test wins at home conditions. But he has made it clear, that these numbers don’t hold a great value as an individual, as his responsibility is only to keep the team on top. He also made it clear that his predecessor MS Dhoni was his skipper and he learned a lot from him, and share a great camaraderie with him, so no comparisons arise at all.

“Records as a captain mean nothing me or any other player. It is a responsibility given to me and I’m trying to do my best. This has always been the case, and will remain the same, as long as I play the game. These are fickle things which look great from outside, doesn’t matter to me as an individual,” Kohli said at the pre-match conference.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“We (MS Dhoni) share a great camaraderie, and mutual respect is something you hold very dear to your heart. It is always more important than these milestones. I have a responsibility to keep Team India on top, and the same applies to someone who takes over after me.”

If the Indian team wins the upcoming 3rd Test against England at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, it will be Virat Kohli’s 22nd Test win as captain at home, and he would surpass MS Dhoni to claim the top spot in the list. The Virat Kohli-led India pulled off an impressive win in the 2nd Test against England at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.

Virat Kohli Looking To Win Both Games Remaining Against England

Talking about the prospect of making it to the World Test Championship final, Virat Kohli stressed that they would be looking to win both the Tests, but for now are only focussed on the next match.

“You don’t play for those reasons. We are looking to win both games, and not win this one and draw next. There is no point running too far ahead into the future. Let other people think about the what-ifs.”

Mohammad Azharuddin, who was Sourav Ganguly's first international captain, is happy to see him grow in his role as an administrator. (Photo: DC File Photo)
Mohammad Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly (Photo: DC File Photo)

MS Dhoni also has notched up a success rate of 70 per cent while Virat Kohli, however, has a higher win rate of 77.8 per cent while Mohammad Azharuddin (13 wins, 65 per cent), Sourav Ganguly (10 wins, 47.6 per cent), and Sunil Gavaskar (seven wins, 24.1 per cent) follow the duo on this elite list.