Team India is currently plying its trade in the ongoing West Indies tour after facing a setback in the semi-finals of 2019 World Cup to the hands of New Zealand. The men in blue led by Virat Kohli hammered the home team 3-0 in the T20 series and again got the better of them in the ODI series 2-0. The first ODI at Guyana was washed off due to rain but Virat Kohli and company made sure that they win the next two games to take the series.
India will now kickstart their campaign in ICC World Test championship with a two match test series against West Indies. The first test is scheduled from 22nd August at Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua. Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli will have an opportunity to surpass the record set by great “Don Bradman”.
Can Virat Kohli surpass Bradman ?
A win for Virat Kohli will ensure that he matches MS Dhoni’s record of winning the most matches as captain in test matches. Virat currently has 26 test wins under his belt while Dhoni stands with 27 wins in 60 test matches. Among other successful captains of India, Sourav Ganguly has 21 wins in 49 matches, Mohammad Azharuddin 14 wins in 47 matches and Sunil Gavaskar-Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s 9-9 Test wins.
Talking about Virat Kohli’s batting, the Indian captain is in sublime form after he struck two hundreds in the ODI series after an average World cup. If he maintains the same form in the Test series, then he can match the great Don Bradman. The Australian legend has scored a total of 29 centuries in Test cricket and Kohli has his chance to stand with him if he can score four more centuries in four innings of two test matches. Kohli currently has 25 Test centuries to his name.
Close to thousand test run figures
Virat Kohli has so far scored 686 runs in 15 Test innings against West Indies at an average of 45.73 with the help of two centuries and three fifties. Kohli will now have a chance to complete his 1000 Test runs against the West Indies if he completes 314 runs in the series. If Kohli achieves this feat, he will be the 11th batsman from India to do so.