2017-2021, Virat Kohli’s glorious years as ODI captain of team India


Virat Kohli’s era as India’s captain in white-ball cricket came to an end on Wednesday when the BCCI panel named Rohit Sharma as the new skipper in the ODIs. This has led to the beginning of a new era in Indian Cricket. BCCI is set to follow the concept of split captaincy; one will lead the team in the shortest format while another in the longest format.

Let us have a look at Virat Kohli’s legacy as ODI captain. Kohli leads the list with the highest average (72.65) as an ODI skipper. Kohli has scored most ODI centuries and scored the most T20I runs as the captain of India.

Kohli began his captaincy career in the limited-overs format against England in 2017 after MS Dhoni stepped down. Kohli led his side to win the series 2-1. Kohli scored three half-centuries and led India from front to the finals of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. But India lost the finals to arch-rivals Pakistan.

Kohli lead India to whitewash Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series on their home soil. Kohli excelled once again to clinch the ODI series as 4-1 against Australia. After losing the test series, Kohli & co bounced back to win the first-ever ODI series (5-1) in South Africa.

India lost the first ODI series under Kohli’s captaincy against England in 2018. Kohli rewrote the history by winning the first-ever test series in Australia. India also secured the ODI series as 2-1. In the 2019 ICC World Cup, the Kiwis eliminated India in the semi-finals.

India played 95 games and won 65 during Kohli’s tenure. The Men in Blue lost 27 matches. During his captaincy period, Kohli scored 5,449 runs with 21 centuries. Kohli ended his T20I captaincy career with 30 wins and 16 losses from 50 games.

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