As Virat Kohli enters 50th Test as captain, a look at skippers with highest win percentages in Tests
Indian captain Virat Kohli entered his 50th Test as captain, going past Sourav Ganguly - who had led the Indian Test team in 49 matches. While Kohli still trails MS Dhoni (60 Tests) by 10 matches as the captain of the Indian team, the former's win percentage is among the top skippers across the world. Kohli, with a win percentage of 59.18 after 49 Tests, sits at the top as far as Indians are concerned and occupies the third spot as far as captains all across the globe are concerned.
In comparison, Dhoni had a win percentage of 45.00 in 60 Tests as the captain of the Indian team while Ganguly's figures were 42.85 in the 49 Tests he led the Indian team in. Kohli's win-loss ratio, hence, is the best of any Indian captain at 2.9 and the third overall after 49 Tests.
Here's the list of top 5:
- 71.92 - S Waugh
- 62.33 - R Ponting
- 59.18* - V Kohli
- 58.06 - M Brearley
- 57.69 - K Williamson
The 30-year-old also spoke to media on the eve of the second Test in Pune, admitting he is grateful to have represented and captained the Indian team in as many games.
"I feel I am lucky enough to be in this position. I am grateful that I have been able to play so many games for India, let alone captain so many games. It is a nice little landmark but the focus is to win as many Test matches as possible and just win every game we can. Stats and numbers don't matter to me but when the team recognises these little things, it means something to me as a player. I'm grateful for whatever has happened in my career so far," he had said on Wednesday.
Under Kohli's leadership, the Indian team is also chasing the record of winning 11 consecutive home series in the Test format. Having won the first Test of the three-match series in Visakhapatnam, the Indian team has begun the question of 'record' home series wins in the best manner possible. A victory in Pune, where the second Test is being played, will be enough for Kohli & Co. to register their names in history.