Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Indian pacers took 591 wickets with an economy of just 3, such as the record of the run machine in comparison to Sachin Tendulkar
Currently, Virat Kohli’s 100th Test match is in the spotlight. In that, Kohli’s prowess as compared to Sachin Tendulkar’s.
Virat Kohli will complete his 100thTest match against Sri Lanka in Mohali which is going to start from 4 March 2022. The Mohali Test is very special for both Kohli and Rohit Sharma. While Rohit Sharma will lead Team India in Tests for the first time, Virat Kohli will become the 12th cricketer from India to play 100 Tests.
As we all know that Virat had recently resigned from the captaincy of Test cricket. After that Rohit Sharma was appointed as the captain of Team India in the Test format. Virat Kohli took charge of Team India in 68 Test matches. Out of this, India has won 40, while in 17 it had to face defeat and 11 Test matches were drawn. India was at number 7 in the ICC rankings when Virat Kohli took charge of the Test team.
Kohli made team India number one in the Test rankings when he was the captain of the team. Not only this, one of his biggest contributions as Indian captain was perfecting the fast bowling unit. Virat Kohli always backed the fast bowlers, so that the Indian team could perform better on foreign pitches. It was the reason that during his tenure, Indian fast bowlers took 591 wickets at an economy rate of just 3.
If we see the performances of Indian fast bowlers who took 100 or more wickets, then under the leadership of Virat Kohli, such pacers took 591 wickets at an average of 26 including the wickets of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah.
Under Virat’s leadership, Shami took 168 in 46 Tests, Ishant took 121 wickets in 43 matches, Umesh took 104 wickets in 37 matches and Bumrah took 103 wickets in 24 Tests. Perhaps this is the reason why Virat is counted among the greatest captains of the world.
On the other hand, if we talk about the performance of Virat Kohli in comparison to Sachin Tendulkar, then there is only a difference of 19-20 between the two. Since Virat has played only 99 Tests, in such a situation, Sachin Tendulkar discusses only the figures of 100 Test matches.
Sachin Tendulkar scored 8405 runs in his 100 Test matches at an average of 57.96. This included his 30 centuries and 33 half-centuries. At the same time, Virat Kohli has so far scored 7962 runs in 99 Tests at an average of 50.39 which consists of 27 centuries, 28 half-centuries.
All are keeping an eye on Virat’s performance in the upcoming match as it’s more special for him along with his fans and cricket followers.
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