England Vs India: How The Final Two Test Matches Will Define Virat Kohli's Legacy As A Captain

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Virat Kohli has enjoyed an extraordinary career so far, both as a batsman and as a captain

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Updated On:

Virat Kohli has enjoyed an extraordinary career so far, both as a batsman and as a captain. Right from 2008, when he led India U-19 team to World Cup triumph, to 2018, when he guided the Indian team to a sensational win in the third Test against England at Trent Bridge, Kohli has been at the forefront of his team's success.

He was earmarked as an apparent heir to India's 'cricketing god' Sachin Tendulkar upon his international debut. Few years later, fans were sure that Kohli would succeed MS Dhoni as the next Indian captain.

Both the predictions have come out true, with Kohli becoming the No.1 Test batsman in the world, as well as guiding India to the top position in the Test rankings. Ever since he has assumed the responsibility, India has grown leaps in the Test format. In the 38 Test matches he has skippered, the Men in Blue have won 22 of them, with a win ratio of 57.89%.

Much of Kohli's success as Test captain has come in subcontinent. India enjoyed series wins over New Zealand, South Africa, England, Australia and Sri Lanka at home. They successfully trounced Sri Lanka at their home twice. There was also the thrashing of West Indies back in their own backyard. Though, beyond that, the overseas success is very limited.

He skippered India twice in 2014, when India toured Australia. In the two matches, Kohli and co. lost one and drew the other. Earlier this year, India toured South Africa, and lost the three-match series 2-1. Though their performance was good, but they failed to get the desired result.

It is easy to win at home, but nearly impossible to do so in overseas conditions. Hence, a captain's legacy in Test cricket is defined by how he leads his team on their tours. And the same is set to happen with Kohli.

His legacy as a successful skipper will depend on how he leads his team in the final two Test matches against England. India currently trail the five-Test series 2-1, having lost the first Test and second Test at Edgbaston and Lord's respectively, before winning the third Test at Trent Bridge.

His predecessor, Dhoni, won just a single Test in the nine matches he captained India in England. His poor overseas record ultimately cost him his job, and put a dark mark on an otherwise successful captaincy career.

Now, the same is with Kohli. For all the hue and cry about his team, he is yet to truly convince that the Indian team can perform well on their tours. The final two Test matches will give a hint about whether the golden boy of Indian cricket has that leadership quality which the likes of Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly had.

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