Kohli's winning rate makes him fourth most successful Test captain of all time

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Climbing up the ladder of success: Virat Kohli

India‘s emphatic 203-run win in the Trent Bridge Test against England was the culmination of some incredible individual and collective efforts.

For the second time in the series, captain Virat Kohli scored 200 runs in a Test. There were five wicket hauls for all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, plus fifties for Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Pandya.

India’s fast bowlers accounted for 19 out of the 20 wickets to fall, coming close to the feat they achieved in at the Wanderers Test earlier in the year when all their scalps were picked up by quicks.

The result not only brought India back into the series, making the scoreline 2-1, it also took captain Kohli past Sourav Ganguly on the all-time most successful Indian captains’ list.

Kohli now has 22 Test wins from 38 matches as captain. He has now gone past Ganguly, who had 21 wins from 49 matches, and is now only behind MS Dhoni (27 wins from 60 matches) when it comes to Indian skippers.

However, Kohli’s winning percentage has already catapulted him into the all-time successful captains’ list. Kohli’s winning percentage of 57.8 per cent puts him fourth on the all-time list among captains who have led in at least 30 Tests.

Australian great Steve Waugh leads the way with a win percentage of 71.9 (41 wins from 57 Tests), followed by fellow Aussie Ricky Ponting on 62.3 (48 wins from 77 matches) and English tactician Mike Brearley on 58.06 (18 wins from 31 games).

West Indies great Viv Richards had a win percentage of 54, with 27 victories in 50 Tests.

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Virat Kohli smacks 23rd Test century with 103 in second innings for India

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Virat Kohli managed to do what he couldn’t in the first innings as he crossed the century mark on the third day of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge.

After falling on 97 in India’s first innings, the captain survived a dropped catch to make 103 before being dismissed.

The drop came when Kohli was on 93 and edged a drive off James Anderson, right through Keaton Jennings’ hands and legs. Kohli also edged the next ball, but it fell short of Alastair Cook at first slip.

Kohli’s 100 came up shortly after as he sent Chris Woakes‘ delivery to the boundary to bring up his 23rd Test century and his second in the past three Test matches against England, joining his 149 in the opener at Edgbaston.

He couldn’t last much longer, however, as Woakes’ captured his wicket with an lbw, which left India at 261 for four and a massive lead of 449.

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Former selector Patil says Kohli needs to face criticism, talk less and practice more

Sudhir Gupta 15/08/2018
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Former India cricketer and chief selector Sandeep Patil questioned the team’s preparation for the England Test series, saying Virat Kohli’s team did not put in the hard yards and are paying the price for it after falling 2-0 behind.

Writing for The Quint, Patil said that during his playing days, former captains like Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev did not take any breaks nor did they allow players to take breaks. He advised the Indian captain and players to talk less and practice more.

“We all clearly remember captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri’s joint press conference before leaving for the tour of England earlier this summer. One bold statement stood out: “We have enough days to acclimatise in England and we are going to enjoy coffee”. Seeing the performance of the Indian team in the first two Tests so far, they are truly only enjoying the coffee,” Patil wrote.

India took a five-day break before the first Test in Birmingham and that has attracted criticism from all quarters.

“When practice games were arranged before the Test series, the Indian team members instead chose to travel around Europe. Is BCCI going to ask for a clarification now?

“It was evident that the lack of preparation was the main cause for India’s poor show in whites. You simply cannot appear in an exam without studying and this English paper was going to be a tough one anyway,” Patil added.

“Cricket has seen many changes in the last four decades but if you don’t practise you will never achieve the goal. Talk less, practise more and play cricket is my advice.”

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