Kohli goes past Dhoni

During the final Test in Johannesburg, Virat Kohli went past M. S. Dhoni's record for the most number of Test runs made by an Indian captain.   -  Getty Images


The number of Test runs made by Virat Kohli as captain. This is the most by an Indian captain in Test cricket. During the final Test in Johannesburg, Kohli went past the previous record tally of 3454 by M.S. Dhoni, who did so in 96 innings. Kohli needed just 57 innings. The table below has the details:

Most runs as Test captain for India

3456Virat Kohli3557424365.20146
3454MS Dhoni60961122440.63524
3449Sunil Gavaskar4774620550.721114
2856Mohd Azharuddin4768319243.9399
2561Sourav Ganguly4975714437.66513



The number of opponent openers who have managed to carry the bat against India. South Africa’s Dean Elgar, during his unbeaten 86 in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test, became the latest entrant. The table below has the details:

Opponent opener carrying bat in a Test innings against India

RunsTotalBatsmanForVenueMonth, YearMInnsBtg#Result
124*331Nazar MohdPakistanLucknowOct 195221Won
49*107Bill Lawry+AustraliaDelhiNov 196932Lost
152*323Mudassar NazarPakistanLahoreJan 198312Drawn
188*316Saeed AnwarPakistanKolkataFeb 199931Won
86*177Dean ElgarSouth AfricaJohannesburgJan 201842Lost

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South Africa’s lowest ever ODI total at home. Overall, it was their eighth lowest in all ODI cricket. However, it was their second lowest against India in ODIs. Their lowest is 117 in 48 overs at the Nairobi Gymkhana on September 26, 1999.

South Africa’s lowest ODI total at home

11832.2IndiaCenturion4 Feb 2018Lost1
11936.5EnglandPort Elizabeth29 Nov 2009Lost1
12922.0AustraliaCenturion19 Oct 2011Lost2
12941.4EnglandEast London19 Jan 1996Won1
140/950.0West IndiesCape Town17 Feb 1993Won1



Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling performance in the 2nd ODI at Centurion. This is now the second best ODI bowling performance by a spinner on South African soil, but by far the best by a wrist spinner (previous best: Imran Tahir’s 4-28 against West Indies at East London in January 2015). Interestingly, since December 1992, when the first ODI was played in South Africa, there have been 38 instances of bowlers claiming a five-wicket haul in an ODI on South African soil, and Chahal provided the third instance of a spinner taking a five-wicket haul in South Africa in 333 matches!

Best ODI bowling performance in a spinner on South African soil

5/216.3Nicky BojeSAfAusCape Town9 Apr 2002Won2
5/228.2Yuzvendra ChahalIndSAfCenturion4 Feb 2018Won2
5/239.2M MuralidharanSLPakBenoni15 Apr 1998Won2
4/64.3Yuvraj SinghIndNamPietermaritzburg23 Feb 2003Won2
4/164.5J-P DuminySAfIreBenoni25 Sep 2016Won2



The number of balls that remained in India’s nine-wicket victory over South Africa at Centurion. This is India’s second biggest win, in terms of balls remaining, against a Test-playing nation in ODI cricket. For the record, India’s biggest victory in terms of balls was when they beat Kenya at Bloemfontein (October 12, 2001) by 10 wickets with 231 balls to spare!

India’s biggest ODI wins in terms of balls to spare against Test playing nations

Balls to spareAgainstVenueDateWickets to spare
178Sri LankaMohali28 Oct 20058
177South AfricaCenturion4 Feb 20189
173New ZealandChennai10 Dec 20108
170Sri LankaSharjah8 Apr 198410
169ZimbabweHarare15 Jun 201610



23 February:

New Zealand wicket-keeper Ian Smith blasted 173 in 136 balls, with 23 fours and 3 sixes, against India in the Auckland Test. The effort by Smith still remains the best score by a batsman batting at No. 9 in Test history!



    In the recently concluded Test series in South Africa, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out in both innings of the Centurion Test. Has any batsman in the top three been dismissed in this manner?

    — B. K. Harinath, Mysuru

      In my last column, I had provided details of the previous such dismissals. However, the following top-order (top three) batsmen have been dismissed run out twice in a Test match:


      BatsmanForOpponentVenueSeries(batting position)
      Jeff StollmeyerWest IndiesEnglandBridgetown1953/54(while opening the batting)
      Jimmy JamesonEnglandIndiaThe Oval1971(while opening the batting)
      Zaheer AbbasPakistanAustraliaMelbourne1972/73(at number 3)
      Mark TaylorAustraliaWest IndiesAdelaide1988/89(while opening the batting)
      Mark TaylorAustraliaEnglandAdelaide1990/91(while opening the batting)
      Andrew JonesNew ZealandPakistanChristchurch1993/94(at number 3)
      Marvan AtapattuSri LankaZimbabweHarare1999/00(while opening the batting)
      Cheteshwar PujaraIndiaSouth AfricaCenturion2017/18(at number 3)


        Any instances in Test cricket where none of the 11 batsmen managed to reach double figures?

        — Sai Vishwanath

          It happened just once, in June 1924 in Birmingham, when South Africa were dismissed for a paltry 30 in 12.3 overs by England. None of the South African batsmen reached double figures. Their opener and captain Herbie Taylor top scored with 7. However, interestingly, extras (11) managed to cross double figures in that innings!

          In the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka in India, Washington Sundar, on debut, claimed his maiden international wicket off his ninth ball in Mohali. Has any cricketer done better than him in this respect?

          — Arivu

          There are several instances of bowlers, even from India, claiming their maiden international wicket off their very first ball or in their first over. Therefore, Washington doing so off his ninth ball is not at all rare in international cricket!

          South Africa won the recent Test series 2-1 against India without a single individual three-figure score by any of their batsmen. Has this happened before?

          — Abhay Chaturvedi, Agra

          This is happening for the seventh occasion in a three-Test series. But this is the first time for South Africa. The first such instance was in 1888, when England beat Australia at home 2-1. Interestingly, in that series not a single century was registered. The highest score in the whole series was 70 by Bobby Abel in the second Test at the Oval!

          Note: All figures above are updated as on February 5, 2018.


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