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Virat Kohli As Odi Captain

It’s 2012. Two Asian giants are having a face-off against each other at the Sher-e-Bangla International Cricket stadium, Mirpur. The rivalry between India and Pakistan is at the last whistle of pressure cooker. Pakistan bats first, scores 329. While chasing 330, India lose two wickets on eighty-odd, with the great Sachin Tendulkar being the latest casualty. Peak cricket. In comes a young, determined, gritty youngster with a story. A right-hand bat getting in to make his name at the biggest of stages, against the biggest of sides, Virat Kohli!.


The weeping Indian fans over Sachin’s wicket had no idea of this forthcoming prodigy. This young lad had absolutely no regards for one of the best bowling line-ups at that time. Lofted drives, short-arm jabs, walking down the crease, oozing with confidence, shielding the Pakistan attack, this guy was something else. An individual score of 183, taking his team home, Virat Kohli was here to stay.

Since then, game after game, year after year, Virat Kohli kept becoming an inspiration. Players all over the world started idealizing him. India found a new asset to boast about. This marked the culmination of Sachin’s dynasty, and a start to Kohli’s era.


Currently India’s most successful red-ball captain ever, Virat Kohli became India’s all-format captain in 2017. Recently, after the T20 world cup 2021, Virat announced his resignation from shortest format captaincy, to focus more on longer formats. However, few days later, he was deprived of ODI captaincy by the Board of Control of cricket in India (BCCI), announcing Rohit Sharma as the captain for both of white ball formats. BCCI is following a clear cut split-format strategy, where there are two captains for limited and unlimited overs cricket. However, the experts and fans didn’t receive Kohli’s removal from ODI captaincy with open hands. There were criticisms based on Kohli’s illustrious record as a captain in ODIs. Let’s have a look on his timeline as India’s ODI captain.


The first year of captaincy proved to be fruitful for King Kohli. His first series against England at home was bagged by the Indian Cricket team. After having a tremendous start, the team confidently went into the Champions Trophy 2017 as the defending champions. The tournament as a whole was brilliant for the Indian team, however the end, was disappointing. They reached finals which was played against Pakistan at The Oval, London. India had a crushing 180 run defeat in the finals, and returned back as the runner ups. Later that year, Kohli-led Indian team excelled at Srilankan tour, and defeated Newzealand and Australia at home.


This was one of the most memorable eras for Indian cricket team. In 2018, India toured South Africa, and bagged ODI series there. They were defeated at England, but the fight was applauded all over the world. Then came the historic Australian tour, where India not only defeated the home side in test series for first time ever, ODI series was also clinched by India. Newzealand tour in the start of 2019 also proved to be successful one for the blue team. In world cup 2019 staged at England, India lost just one game in the first round, finishing at the top of points table. However, the team lost a rain-affected encounter against the Kiwis in the knock-out stage. All in all, they were the greates two years for Indian Cricket team in past 20 years or so.


In 2020, Indian team was defeated in ODIs at Austalia and Newzealand. After that, the world was hit by Covid-19, imposing restriction on sports and other activities all around the world. The 2021 England tour of India was the last series for Kohli as a limited-overs captain, which India won with 2 matches by 1.

Overall Record

Under Kohli’s tenure as ODI captain, India won 65 out of 95 games, with a win percentage of 68.42%! During this period, India won at all away tours except in England. Kohli’s individual performance was also above average during his captaincy period. He scored 21 centuries, and had a batting average of 71!

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