5 Captains With The Most Wins In Test Cricket History

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5 Captains With The Most Wins In Test Cricket History
5 Captains With The Most Wins In Test Cricket History

India exhibited a sensational performance to beat England by 151 runs in the second Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Monday. With that win, India take a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series. It was Virat Kohli’s 37th win as Indian captain. For the unversed, Virat Kohli has the most number of wins as Indian captain in India’s Test Cricket history.

Virat Kohli is counted as one of the most successful captains in Test Cricket. However, he is yet to attain the most number of wins as captain in Test Cricket. There are cricketers have who led their teams to more Test wins than Virat Kohli.

On that note, here’s a look at the 5 captains with the most wins in Test Cricket history:

5 Captains With The Most Wins In Test Cricket History

Clive Lloyd: 36 wins

5 Captains With The Most Wins In Test Cricket History
West Indies captain Clive Lloyd during his playing days (Photo- Getty)

Clive Lloyd led a West Indies team that was termed as the greatest Test side ever. He was at the helm of the West Indies side during the period between 1974 and 1985. Under his leadership, the side had a run of 27 Test wins, without a defeat.

The teams had some big names in their ranks and defeating any team in the world wasn’t a big deal for Clive Lloyd and Co. Clive Llyod is currently the fifth most successful captain in the history of Test Cricket. He led the West Indies Test side in 74 games, winning 37 out of them at a win percentage of 48.64.

Besides, under his leadership, West Indies also won the first two ICC World Cups in 1975 and 1979. He represented West Indies in 110 Tests, scoring 7515 runs at an average of 46.7.

Virat Kohli: 37 wins

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virat Kohli surpassed Clive Lloyd after India won the second Test against England at Lord’s on Tuesday. It was Virat Kohli’s 37th win as captain. Virat Kohli might not be rated highly as a limited over’s captain, however, there are no doubts over Virat Kohli’s credentials as a Test skipper.

With 37 wins, Virat Kohli has the fourth-most number of wins as Test captain in the history of Test Cricket. He has surpassed MS Dhoni to become India’s most successful Test skipper. He recently led the side to the WTC final against New Zealand.

So far in his Test cricket career, he has led the side in 63 matches, winning 37 games out of them. Virat Kohli has represented India in 94 Tests, scoring 7609 runs at an average of 51.4

Steve Waugh: 41 wins

Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh (Image Credit: Getty)

Steve Waugh is credited for inculcating the gritty nature of the Australian team. One of the most successful captains in the history of Australian cricket, Steve Waugh led the Australian Test team from 1997 to 2004. Steve Waugh was one of the biggest reasons for making Australia so successful during the late 90s.

He took over Test leadership in 1999. He led the Australian Test team in 57 Tests and won 41 of them. During his reign, Australia only lost nine matches and thus holds the record for having the lowest loss ratio among others. Besides, he also led Australia to win the ICC 1999 World Cup.

With 41 wins as Test captains, Steve Waugh sits at third in the list. Steve Waugh played 168 Tests, scoring 10,927 runs at an average of 51.1

Ricky Ponting: 48 wins

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ricky Ponting took over the Test captaincy from Steve Waugh in 2004 and continued till 2010. His hunger to win the games made Australia a tough nut to crack. He made it a habit to win as Australia enjoyed terrific success under him.

His numbers as captain in Test Cricket are nothing short of outstanding. He led the side in 77 Tests, winning 48 of them, and thus sits second in the elite list.

Apart from Tests, he led the Australian team to two consecutive ICC ODI World Cups in 2003 and 2007. He played 168 games in his Test cricket career, scoring 13378 at an average of 51.85. He hit 41 centuries and 62 half-centuries in Tests.

Graeme Smith: 53 wins

Graeme Smith
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Graeme Smith is regarded as the greatest captain in Test Cricket history. He took over the Test captaincy at a time when South Africa cricket was enduring tough times. Moreover, he became the Test captain at just 22 years of age and he was old nine Test matches old.

He went on to take South Africa to great heights and led the side to the number one position in ICC Test rankings. At the time of his retirement, he led the side to a record 108 Tests, winning 53 games of them.

Graeme Smith played 117 Tests, scoring 9265 runs at an average of 48.2. He has 27 centuries and 38 half-centuries to his name.

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