Virat Kohli is already the most successful test captain in the history of Indian cricket and has got many records registered to his name as an Indian test captain, but on the ongoing tour of South Africa, he has the opportunity to create another record and go past two of India’s legendary former captains, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.
Out of all the countries that India has toured outside Asia, their record in South Africa is the worst. They have never won a Test series in South Africa, but before 2006, they had never even won a test match on the South African turf. It was under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid in 2006 that India beat South Africa in a test match in South Africa for the first time ever.
India repeated the feat again when they toured South Africa 4 years later in 2010, this time under the captaincy of MS Dhoni
Virat Kohli levelled Dravid and Dhoni in 2018 when he guided India to a test match victory in Johannesburg. While that victory came after India had already lost the series by losing the first two games, it was still one of India’s most memorable performances on an incredibly difficult Wanderers pitch.
This is the second South Africa tour of Virat Kohli as Indian test captain
India are on a second tour to South Africa under Kohli’s captaincy and on this tour, the 33-year-old might become the first Indian test captain ever to win more than one test match on the South African turf.
Dravid and Dhoni, apart from Kohli, are the only Indian captains so far who have won a test match in South Africa and both of them just won one test each under their captaincy. Kohli can go one up and take his tally to two in the upcoming series.
However, rather than just aiming to win a test match, Virat Kohli would be looking forward to winning the entire series itself and adding another glorious chapter to India’s rich cricketing history.