MS Dhoni has dramatically resigned as captain of the Indian test team midway through a series of tests abroad. Kohli assumed the captaincy. Kohli’s team is very different from Dhoni’s. If Dhoni was cool, Kohli would be full of aggression. Dhoni is a strategist who leads the team to victory without giving up until the end. But Kohli is a hero who pours energy into the players around him and captures victory.
The same was seen in the Trial of the Lord against England. India made an incredible comeback to a match that was unlikely to be won. Kohli was in the locker room excited like a little boy when Mohammad Shami and Jaspreet Bumra made 89 runs for the ninth wicket. Kohli was confident of retaliating when Bumra was provoked by his opponents.
Kohli also told KL Rahul to identify himself when he threw a cork at him from the audience. It was the same captain who told Steve Smith not to do it to the Covia crowd after the controversy over scratching the ball. When Bumrah and Shami made it to the dressing room after the Trial of the Lord was declared, the entire team, led by Kohli, applauded.
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Virat Kohli had hinted at that when he declared the Indian innings for 298 runs. Kohli was sure he was playing to win. He led the attack with four pacemakers at the front. Siraj, Bumra, Shami, and Ishant maintained the trust the captain had placed in them. This aggressive victory proves that Kohli has become India’s all-time great test captain.
According to the record books, Kohli is the most successful test captain in India. Kohli led India to victory in 37 of 63 matches. For second-placed MS Dhoni, it’s 27 out of 60. Kohli is the fourth most successful test captain in the world. With victory in the Trial of the Lord, he surpassed Clive Lloyd. Only Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith are ahead. The time is not far off when Kohli will become the world’s greatest test captain of all time.
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