How good a Test captain is Virat Kohli?

By Tanuj Lakhina

Data & Graphics by Piyush Aggarwal and Hemang Kumar

Published: September 15, 2018

Updated: January 7, 2019

Before the 2018 Test series in England, Ravi Shastri claimed the current Indian team was the best in the last 15 years. That series ended in a 4-1 drubbing. However, Indian captain Virat Kohli backed it saying, "We have to believe we are the best, why not?"

Now after their first ever Test series victory in Australia, India remains the number 1 team in the ICC rankings and Kohli remains second-most successful Test captain of all time.

But how does the current Indian captain stack up against previous captains? You can compare Kohli against other captains to see how he stacks up against them.

Choose your captains

Choose the two captains whose performance you want to compare. The default for the left is Virat Kohli. You can choose to compare the performances of any two captains from Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi to Virat Kohli.

How they did at home and abroad


Who their victories came against

How many Test series did India win?


Who won first?


Country Captain Year


Country Captain Year
*Performance of all captains from Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi who led India to its first away Test win.
Data & Image Source - ESPNcricinfo

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