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From highest win percentage to highest batting average – Virat Kohli’s ODI records as captain

Here in this article, we will have a look at some of the interesting facts, stats and numbers about Virat Kohli's legacy as captain.

Sudharshan Sridharan Author

Updated - 10 December 2021 9:48 pm

In a recent development to the tour of South Africa, it was announced that Rohit Sharma will be replacing Virat Kohli as the captain of India in T20Is and ODIs. Virat Kohli has done a fabulous job as full-time captain of team India in ODIs from Jan 2017 – Mar 2021 and for many fans, the decision came in as a shocker as Kohli was doing well as captain of the team in limited-overs. Here in this article, we will have a look at some of the interesting facts, stats and numbers about Virat Kohli’s legacy as captain.

– Virat Kohli has won 15 out of 19 bilateral ODI series as captain.

Results of bilateral ODI series with Virat Kohli as captain:
Won 5-0 vs Zim, 2013
Won 5-0 vs SL, 2014
Won 2-1 vs Eng, 2017
Won 3-1 vs WI, 2017
Won 5-0 vs SL, 2017
Won 4-1 vs Aus, 2017
Won 2-1 vs NZ, 2017
Won 5-1 vs SA, 2018
Lost 1-2 vs Eng, 2018
Won 3-1 vs WI, 2018
Won 2-1 vs Aus, 2019
Won 3-0 vs NZ, 2019
Lost 2-3 vs Aus, 2019
Won 2-0 vs WI, 2019
Won 2-1 vs WI, 2019
Won 2-1 vs Aus, 2020
Lost 0-3 vs NZ, 2020
Lost 1-2 vs Aus, 2020
Won 2-1 vs Eng, 2021.

– In Aug 2017, for the first time, India whitewashed Sri Lanka by winning the ODI series by 5-0 margin.

– In Feb 2018, for the first time, India won a bilateral ODI series on South African soil and created history.

– In Jan 2019, India won a bilateral ODI series for the first time on Australian soil. 

– Also in Jan 2019, India won bilateral ODI series on New Zealand soil only for the 2nd time after 2009.

Results of Multi-tour events with Virat Kohli as Captain:
Won 2 out of 3 games in 2013 (WI, SL) Tri-Series [Result:- India won Tri-series finals but it was under MS Dhoni’s captaincy]

Won 2 matches in Asia Cup 2014 [Group-Stage]

Won 3 matches in CT 2017 [Runners-up]

Won 7 matches in WC 2019 [Semi-Finalists]

Though India had a fabulous record under Kohli’s captaincy in ODIs sadly, Kohli hasn’t won a single multi-tour event.

– Overall India have won 65 out of 95 ODI matches under Virat Kohli’s captaincy [27 losses, 2 No Results and 1 Tie] which has a win rate of 70.43%.

Highest win% as captain in ODIs (Played minimum 50 ODIs):
Clive Lloyd – 77.71%
Ricky Ponting – 76.14%
Hansie Cronje – 73.70%
Virat Kohli – 70.43%
Michael Clarke – 70.42%

– Virat Kohli averages 72.65 with the bat as Captain which is the highest-ever for any captain who has batted at least a minimum of 50 innings.

Highest batting average as captain in ODIs (Played minimum 50 ODIs):
Virat Kohli – 72.65
AB de Villiers – 63.94
MS Dhoni – 53.55

Most runs as Captain in ODIs:
Ricky Ponting – 8497 (220 inns)
MS Dhoni – 6641 (172 inns)
Stephen Fleming – 6295 (208 inns)
Arjuna Ranatunga – 5608 (183 inns)
Virat Kohli – 5449 (91 inns)

Kohli despite playing a very less number of innings when compared to the other 4 players in this top-5 list, has scored more than 5000 ODI runs.

Virat Kohli as captain smashed 21 centuries in ODIs which is 2nd highest overall after Ricky Ponting. More notably Virat Kohli has smashed 11 ODI centuries in a successful run-chase.

Most Centuries in ODIs as Captain:
Ricky Ponting – 22
Virat Kohli – 21
AB de Villiers – 13
Sourav Ganguly – 11
Sanath Jayasuriya – 10

Most Centuries in ODIs as captain in a successful run-chase:
Virat Kohli – 11
Stephen Fleming / Ricky Ponting – 6
Graeme Smith – 5

– Virat Kohli holds the record for smashing most runs in a calendar year as captain in ODIs.

Most ODI runs in a calendar as Captain:
Virat Kohli: 1460 runs in 2017
Ricky Ponting: 1424 runs in 2007
Virat Kohli: 1377 runs in 2019
Misbah-ul-haq : 1373 runs in 2013
Mohammad Azharuddin: 1268 runs in 1998

Virat Kohli has smashed more than 1000 runs in 2017, 2018 & 2019 as captain in ODIs. 

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