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Virat Kohli Creates History, Becomes Only Asian Captain To Win Test Match As Captain In Australia, England And South Africa

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Virat Kohli led India to a sensational 31-run win in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide
  • The 30-year-old, who took over as India's captain in Tests in 2014, succeeded in helping his side win a Test in South Africa earlier this year

Virat Kohli led India to a sensational 31-run win in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide, and in doing so, added a few more achievements to his name as a captain. He not only became the first Indian captain to lead his team to a win in Australia since 2008, but also became the first skipper from the country to win the first Test match of the series in Australia.

And the victory has now seen him become Asia's supremo when it comes to wins in three of the biggest overseas nations. Kohli has become the first Asian skipper to register wins in Australia, England and South Africa. 

The 30-year-old, who took over as India's captain in Tests in 2014, succeeded in helping his side win a Test in South Africa earlier this year, though they lost the series 2-1. It was then followed by a win in England a few months back, even though the team was beaten 4-1 in the five-Test series. But the recent win in Australia will be a huge cause of optimism, given it came in the very first game of the series.

Ever since taking over from MS Dhoni, Kohli has taken India to the No.1 rankings. In the 43 matches as a captain, he has won 25, losing just nine matches in the process.

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In the very same fixture where Kohli etched his name in the history books, another Indian also got his name in the record books. Rishabh Pant, playing just his sixth Test, broke a national record, previously held by MS Dhoni, and equaled a world record with his work behind the wicket.

Pant took a total of 11 catches in the match, and in doing so, went past Dhoni's 10 catches and equaled the record for the most number of catches in a match. He just becomes the third player to have accomplished this feat, following the footsteps of AB de Villiers, who did so in 2013 and Jack Russell, who did it back in 1995.

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