WTC Final: Virat Kohli breaks MS Dhoni’s captaincy record; check out longest serving skippers in the world


The World Test Championship (WTC final) against New Zealand is the 61st match for Kohli as India’s captain in the longest format of the game, now a record.

Dhoni retired from Test cricket in December 2014 after captaining India in 60 matches. Kohli is also the longest-serving Test captain for any Asian country with Sri Lanka’s Arjuna Ranatunga and Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq behind him as they captained their respective teams in 56 Test matches each.

South Africa’s former skipper Graeme Smith is the longest-serving captain in the history of Test cricket as he captained Proteas in a record 109 matches. He is the only player to have played more than 100 Tests as captain and Australia’s Allan Border is second with 93 Tests.


Earlier, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to field first in the much-awaited World Test Championship (WTC final) against India on Saturday (June 19). Incessant rain saw the opening day’s play being washed off.

During the toss, India skipper Virat Kohli said: “We would’ve probably bowled first as well. But runs on the board has been our strength. In a big final, runs on the board, however many, are an advantage. As you saw the makeup of our side, the balance is such that we prepare for any conditions. We’ve been performing really well in Test cricket. For us this is just a Test match we have to be professional in, have to follow our processes.”

India entered the WTC Final with the same Playing 11 that they had announced on Thursday, while the Kiwis opted for an all-pace attack, benching Ajaz Patel.


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