Virat Kohli Captaincy Records: Star Indian batter Virat Kohli has established himself among the great captains in Indian cricket. Although India has not been able to clinch any major international trophies during his tenure, Kohli’s statistics as a captain, both in India and overseas, attest to his dominant run throughout the years.
Under his leadership, Virat Kohli has excelled across all formats, building an Indian team that not only gives tough fights to opponents but also defeats them on their own turf. From winning the limited-overs series in South Africa for the first time to making history by clinching the Test series in Australia, Kohli has played a major role as skipper in transforming Indian cricket.
Virat Kohli’s Captaincy Records in All Format
Due to a shocking series of events, Kohli decided to step down from the T20I and IPL captaincy roles after the T20 World Cup in 2021. Subsequently, he was removed by the BCCI from the ODI captaincy and then chose to step down as Test captain as well. He has captained India in 213 matches across all formats, winning 135 and boasting a win percentage of 58.82%. The 34-year-old continues to contribute to the team as a batter and has been in great form over the last year. Now, let’s examine Kohli’s captaincy records across all formats of the game.
Virat Kohli’s Test Captaincy Record
Virat Kohli emerged as one of the greatest captains in Test cricket, and according to statistics, the best Test captain for India. He led India in 68 Test matches, winning 40, including 15 victories away from home. During his tenure in Tests, India built a fortress at home, winning all 11 series played there. The Indian team also dominated overseas, winning Test matches in South Africa, England, and notably a Test series against Australia Down Under.
“I feel India are playing well under Virat Kohli’s Captaincy. His records as a Captain are superb. It’s his personal decision whether he wants to continue as the ODI and T20 and Test Captain or not.” – Virender Sehwag (In Cricbuzz)
Not just in captaincy, Kohli also excelled with the bat, becoming India’s highest run-scorer as a Test skipper. During his tenure, Kohli amassed 5703 runs at an average of 55.36, hitting 20 centuries, including seven double hundreds.
Virat Kohli’s ODI Captaincy Record
Virat Kohli captained India in 95 ODI matches, excelling both at home and abroad. With 65 wins, Kohli ranks as the fourth most successful ODI captain for India, after MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, and Mohammed Azharuddin. However, he has a better win percentage, at 70.43%.
Kohli has also been a prolific contributor with the bat during his captaincy, scoring 5549 runs. This places him second only to MS Dhoni, who scored 6641 runs as ODI captain. Moreover, Kohli holds the record for the most ODI centuries as captain for India, with 21 to his name.
Despite his phenomenal statistics, Kohli was unable to secure any international trophies for India as a captain. Under his leadership, India lost the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan in 2017 and the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in 2019.
Virat Kohli’s T20I Captaincy Record
Under Kohli’s leadership, the Indian T20I team won 30 out of 50 matches, losing 16, with a win percentage of 64.58%. He is also the highest run-scorer as a T20I captain for India, accumulating 1570 runs during his tenure. This makes him the fourth-highest run-scorer as a captain in T20Is.
Kohli is the only Indian skipper to have won a T20I series in every SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) country. However, he did not have a successful outing in the only T20 World Cup he played as a captain in 2020; India was eliminated in the league stage.
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Virat Kohli’s IPL Captaincy Record
Virat Kohli has not achieved similar success in the IPL compared to his international feats. He has captained Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 140 games, winning 64 and losing 69, with seven matches ending in a no-result. He led RCB to the finals once in 2016 but lost against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Interestingly, Kohli stepped down as IPL captain after the 2021 season but took up the mantle again for a few matches in 2023 due to the impact player rule.
Virat Kohli will next be in action in the 2023 Asia Cup, aiming to continue his excellent form and secure a trophy for India. Following that, the Indian team will prepare for the ODI World Cup starting the next month.
FAQs about Virat Kohli Captaincy Records
What is Virat Kohli’s captaincy record?
Virat Kohli has led India in 213 games across all formats, winning 135 of them.
How many matches Kohli played as captain in all formats?
Virat Kohli has captained India in 213 matches across all formats (Tests+ODIs+T20Is). Under his captaincy, India won 135 matches while ended up losing 60 games.
How long was Virat Kohli captain?
Virat Kohli was the Captain of the Indian team from 2014 to 2021. He took over the role as the Test captain in 2014, while he became the full-time captain in ODIs and T20Is in 2017. Kohli stepped down from captaincy after the 2021 T20I World Cup in Dubai.