As India received a landmark Test collection in Australia in January 2019, Virat Kohli was instantly hailed because the most interesting Indian Test captain by many. Why not? data communicate for themselves. A win share above 60 is nearly unimaginable for an Indian captain, given the very fact that MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly had win percentages in the 40s and the remaining are far behind.
A collection of dominating performances in dwelling circumstances had catapulted Kohli to the elite listing of worldwide captains and the tour of West Indies in 2019 paved the way in which for him changing into probably the most profitable Indian captain in phrases of Test wins. This quantity although was extremely lopsided, however Kohli deserved credit score for making a crew that was preventing for glory away from dwelling.
India’s chequered historical past in Test cricket away from the sub-continent has haunted them endlessly and that is the rationale why a maiden collection win on Australian soil was being considered as a convincing success. But the loss to New Zealand in the primary Test at Wellington has introduced the highlight firmly again on India’s Test record in the SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries.
West Indies have been a aggressive crew in dwelling circumstances until the 90s however their fast decline for the reason that flip of the century means India’s record in the Windies over the previous 20 years turns into pointless. Hence, if we evaluate the record of 4 among the many 5 full-time Test captains of India in the previous 20 years, Kohli’s numbers look a bit worrisome.
Kohli has now captained India in 15 matches in the SENA countries and, with four victories, his win share of 26.67 is second solely to that of Rahul Dravid’s. It must be famous that Dravid captained India in solely 6 matches in these countries and received 2 of these.
Kohli’s loss share of 60 is the actual worrying issue as he has misplaced 9 matches out of the 15 and is solely marginally higher off than MS Dhoni, who had misplaced 14 out of the 23 matches he had captained.
Indian cricket at this time, in phrases of expertise pool, is in the pink of its well being. A sturdy administrative construction has assured a terrific pipeline and the riches of the board have led to a few of the greatest infrastructure in the world. This is India’s alternative to dominate world cricket, enhance its data and get counted among the many greatest in the world for posterity.
Australia has accomplished that beneath Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting. West Indies have been irresistible beneath Clive Lloyd , the South Africans had their share of success beneath Hansie Cronje and Graeme Smith whereas Sri Lanka joined the elites beneath Ranatunga. Kohli’s may be the legacy when India, unquestionably turned the world’s greatest throughout codecs. But for that to occur, this grim wanting Test record in the SENA countries want to vary. And a starting may be made at Christchurch.