On Friday, June 20, 2023, Virat Kohli will have played 12 years of Test cricket. On June 20, 2011, against the West Indies in Kingston, the former India captain played in his first Test match. It’s interesting to note that the former captain of India, who has played in 109 Test matches and amassed 8479 runs at an average of 48.72, is preparing for India’s trip of the West Indies, which will begin with the first Test on July 12 in Dominica.
Virat’s Debut Innings in Test
In his debut innings of his career, Kohli got four points off of ten balls before being struck out by Fidel Edwards. He scored 15 off 54 in the second inning before being again removed by Edwards. Carlton Baugh, the wicketkeeper, successfully caught him behind on both occasions.
Virat’s Debut Innings in Test in India
The Wankhede in Mumbai hosted the West Indies for Virat Kohli’s debut Test match in India in November 2011. In the first and second innings, he scored 52 and 63 runs, respectively.
Virat’s Maiden Century in Test
In January 2012, Kohli played against Australia in Adelaide and achieved his first century. In March of this year, in Ahmedabad, against Australia, he also scored his 28th Test hundred.
Virat is the Most Successful Test Captain of India
India’s most successful captain is Virat Kohli. In 68 Test matches, he guided India to 40 victories. He has led his team to triumphs on the third-highest total number of occasions. The only captains who have won more games are Graeme Smith (53 in 109 Tests) and Ricky Ponting (48 in 77 Tests). Kohli just trails in winning percentage.
ICC Test Mace Five Times in a Row Under Virat’s Captaincy
India won the ICC Test Mace five years in a row while Virat Kohli served as captain. The only other team to accomplish this was the ‘golden period’ Australia squad, which won the championship eight years in a row.
Record Run Scorer as a Test Captain
Only Don Bradman and Virat Kohli have scored more than 600 runs in a single Test series while serving as captain. In terms of most runs scored as Test captain, the 34-year-old is only behind Ricky Ponting, Allan Border, and Graeme Smith. In 68 Test matches, he amassed 5864 runs at an average of 54.80. On the list of Test captains with the most hundreds, Virat Kohli ranks second. As captain, he scored 20 Test hundreds, just five fewer than Graeme Smith.
Sixth Highest Run Getter in Test
The batsman from Delhi has scored the sixth-most runs for India in Test matches. He has scored just behind in Test for India after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman, and Virender Sehwag.
Virat has Scored 7 Test Match Double Century
In 2016, Virat Kohli became the first Indian skipper to score a double-digit score away from home. Kohli has struck seven double-digit scores, which is the highest of any active player.
First Indian Captain to Win Test Series in Australia
The right-handed batter is the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia.
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