Team India skipper Virat Kohli was eyeing multiple records in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final which is being contested at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. On Saturday, he only had to walk out for the coin toss to enter his name in the history books.
Virat Kohli has surpassed former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, with most appearances in Test cricket as captain of the Indian team. Both Dhoni and Kohli were earlier tied with 60 appearances prior to the start of the WTC Final.
Notably, Kohli was appointed as captain of Team India after Dhoni called time on his Test career in 2014. He also became the first cricketer in the history of the gentlemen’s game to have featured in finals of all major ICC events.
“We would’ve probably bowled first as well. But runs on the board has been our strength. In a big final, runs on the board, however many, are an advantage,” Virat Kohli had said at the coin toss.
“As you saw the makeup of our side, the balance is such that we prepare for any conditions. We’ve been performing really well in Test cricket. For us this is just a Test match we have to be professional in, have to follow our processes,” he added.
Interestingly, Kohli is now the longest-serving Test captain in Asia. Sri Lanka’s Arjuna Ranatunga and Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq had captained their respective teams in 56 Test matches each.