We take a look at three astounding records that Indian captain Virat Kohli owns as he celebrates his 33rd birthday in the UAE.
Virat Kohli, India’s captain, has turned 33 and is celebrating his birthday today (November 5).
In all formats, he continues to lead the team. Kohli, though, will step down as T20I skipper after the current World Cup. Kohli and the other players will spend the day in the team hotel because they are part of the bio-bubble.
Today, Team India takes against Scotland in a league stage match, and the Men in Blue will be hoping for their largest triumph to mark the captain’s birthday. On the occasion of Kohli’s 33rd birthday, here are three astounding records he owns:
Happy Birthday, Virat Kohli!
Indian captain with most Test wins
Kohli has 38 victories from 65 games as the most successful Indian captain in the longest version of the game.
Kohli, ahead of MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and a plethora of other superstars. Has the most caps in the Indian captaincy. He took over at a period when India was having trouble on the international front.
However, under Kohli’s leadership, India has achieved some notable victories across the world. India has also dominated the ICC Test rankings for a long time and reached the final of the inaugural World Test Championship under Kohli’s leadership.
Dhoni (27) and Ganguly (26) are the Indian captains with the most victories after Kohli (21). For many years to come, he is likely to captain Team India in the longest format.
First-ever Asian captain to conquer Australia Down Under
Kohli was not just the first Indian skipper, but also the first Asian captain to defeat Australia in a Test series in Australia in 2018/19. In the last seven decades, Asian teams have made numerous fruitless visits to Australia, with none of them being able to defeat the Australians in a series. Kohli put an end to Australia’s dominance by becoming the first Asian captain to win a Test series in the country.
Team India repeated the feat two years later, winning the series 2-1. The visitors were guided to glory this time by Ajinkya Rahane.
Fastest batsman to score 10000 ODI runs
Kohli may be struggling to hit a century these days, but there was a time when he was a run machine who regularly scored centuries. He easily dethroned Sachin Tendulkar to become the quickest batsman to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals.