India registered their first T20I series win in Australia by winning the second T20I at Sydney. This win has bolstered Virat Kohli’s reputation as a successful T20I skipper and has added another feather to his hat of accomplishments as a T20I skipper. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli has established himself as one of the best batsmen in the modern era of cricket. But, now he has taken some strong steps as a captain and led Team India to some remarkable achievements.
Let’s look at the 5 amazing records of Virat Kohli as a skipper in T20Is.
#5. Undefeated since December 2019:
Team India is enjoying a wonderful winning streak in T20I cricket. India’s last defeat in T20I cricket came in December 2019 when West Indies mauled the Men in Blue at Thiruvananthapuram. But since then India has defeated Sri Lanka at home, then drubbed New Zealand in New Zealand, and now have won the first two games against Australia. So Team India under Kohli’s leadership has won 10 T20Is on the trot and interestingly seven of these games were played away from home.
#4. Defeating New Zealand 5-0:
A five-match series is a rarity in T20I cricket, but what’s rarer is a whitewash in such a lengthy series. However, India achieved this rare feat by defeating New Zealand 5-0 earlier this year. What made this series memorable was the fact that India won 2 games in the super-over.
#3 The best winning percentage for an Indian captain (min. 20 matches):
Virat Kohli has been highly consistent with his success in T20 internationals as a captain. He has led India in 39 T20Is as skipper and has won 26 games and has lost 11. His winning percentage is 66.67% which is better than MS Dhoni’s win percentage of 58.33%, who is the only other captain to lead India in more than 20 games.
It’s not very long that Virat Kohli got the charge of the national side. But, still, he has managed to impress his fans and leaving his former skipper and captain cool MS Dhoni, who is reckoned as the best skipper produced by Team India, behind.
#2. Best batting average as captain (min 400 runs):
Among all T20I captains who have scored more than 400 runs, Virat Kohli has the best batting average. The right-hand batsman has scored 1186 runs so far at an average of 42.35 in 37 innings. His strike-rate of 142.71 has been impressive as well. This is the reason why he rated among the best batsmen in modern-day cricket. The Delhiite has achieved several milestones as an Indian skipper. But, in this particular, he has shown his worth as a skipper as well.
#1. First Indian captain to win T20I series in SENA countries:
Team India has traditionally struggled overseas especially in the SENA countries which includes South Africa, New Zealand, England, and Australia. However, under Kohli’s leadership, India has dominated these countries in the T20I format and Kohli is the first Indian captain to win a T20I series in all these countries.
India defeated South Africa in South Africa in T20I series in February 2018 and then won the T20I series in England. Earlier this year, Kohli’s Team India thrashed New Zealand in their backyard 5-0 and now they have won a T20I series against Australia in Australia.