After a nail-biting encounter in the first test match, with New Zealand defying the odds to survive the last 9 overs of the day and ultimately saving the test match, India defeated New Zealand comprehensively in the second test match and registered their biggest win in test cricket with 372 runs.
India made perfect use of the red-soil conditions pitch at Wankhede and the spinners Axar Patel and R. Ashwin did the bulk of the damage. Irfan Pathan, who is the second Indian bowler to take a test hattrick praised the white ball captain and went on to say that Kohli is the best captain that India has for the test format.
Kohli took over the captaincy in 2015 when Dhoni suddenly made a sudden retirement from the test cricket in order to focus on the shorter formats of the game. India’s dream run-in-home conditions began in 2013 where they whitewashed the Australians by 4 -0. From then onwards, India has gone on to win 14 consecutive test series and has become ‘mission impossible’ to be defeated at home.
Under Virat Kohli, India has heavily relied on its seam bowlers to win matches abroad whereas, before that, India would opt for an extra batsman to score runs. Kohli has nurtured the likes of Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuwaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammad Siraj.
Often called King Kohli for his appetite for runs, Virat has captained India in 66 matches till now and has a record of 39 wins, 16 losses, and 11 draws. Dhoni on the other hand captained India in 60 matches from 2008 – 2014 and won 27 matches, lost 18, and 15 were drawn.
Under Virat’s captainship, India won their maiden test series in Australia in 2018 – 2019. The team also gave a spirited performance to the SA test team in the 2018 tour and will be eyeing their first test series win in South Africa. The team under Kohli came close to defeating England in England in 2021 as the 1st test was marred by rain when India was cruising to victory whereas the fifth test has been postponed to next year because of Covid. India are currently leading the series by 2 – 1.