Virat Kohli has now entered the history books as India’s most successful captain surpassing former captain MS Dhoni with the most number of wins in test cricket. MS Dhoni captained in 60 matches and won 27 of them.
The win in the second test match against the West Indies in Kingston saw Kohli win 28 matches after captaining in just 48 matches. His winning percentage is 58.33 which is far superior than MS Dhoni at 45 percent.
Vihari And Bumrah Seal Second Test Victory
H Vihari (111) had a great test match scoring a magnificent century in the first innings to get India to a commanding 416. He looked like he would fall short of a century as wickets started falling around him but he found a reliable partner in I Sharma who scored a fighting half century and helped Vihari get to his first century.
J Bumrah pulled of a spectacular hat trick in the first innings, the first of his career as he picked up the top 5 batsman in a magnificent spell of bowling. His figures in the first innings were 12.1 overs, 3 maidens, 27 runs and 6 wickets. The West Indies were bowled out for 117 and it was only a matter of time before India completed their win.
Vihari also contributed in the second innings and remained unbeaten on 53 as Kohli declared to set West Indies a mammoth chase of 468. The bowlers shared the wickets around in the second innings and helped India win by 257 runs.
J Bumrah had a great test series after being rested for the T20 and ODI leg of the tour. Bumrah picked up 13 wickets in the two tests at an average of 9 and is now one of the most feared bowlers in all formats of the game.
Kohli Credits Team Effort To His Captaincy Record
V Kohli is no doubt pleased with the 7-0 drubbing that India accomplished in the West Indies and the fact that he is now India’s most successful captain in tests. However, he played down his individual achievement and credited a collective effort from the team for the whitewash in the West Indies.
Kohli backed A Rahane, H Vihari and R Jadeja in the 2 match test series and all three players delivered and repaid their captain’s faith. Kohli’s next challenge is a home series tour against South Africa which starts on 15 September.