Kohli a win away from equalling Dhoni’s record

Among other things, an opportunity to equal M.S. Dhoni's record of most victories as Test captain awaits Virat Kohli as India takes on West Indies in the first game of the two-Test series on Thursday.

Virat Kohli is fast catching up with an important Test record held by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.   -  Getty Images

Virat Kohli is a win away from Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record of most victories as Indian Test captain.

Kohli will get the opportunity to draw level with Dhoni when India locks horn with West Indies in the opening Test, beginning here on Thursday.

Apart from leading India to the top of the Test rankings for the first time, Dhoni also led the team to 27 wins from 60 matches - the most by any Indian captain till now.

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While his successor, Kohli, has led India to 26 wins from 46 matches.

Kohli took over as captain of the Indian Test team when Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game during the tour of Australia in 2014.

He has since led India to victories over Australia, England and New Zealand at home and 2-1 and 4-1 losses in South Africa and England respectively.

In 2018, he led India to its first ever series win in Australia.

The first Test against West Indies marks the two teams’ entry into the ICC World Test Championship.