Most successful captain in Cricket: Who is the most successful captain in Cricket?

Gurpreet Singh
|Published January 15, 2022

Most successful captain in Cricket: Virat Kohli currently finishes at 8th spot on the list of most successful captains in Cricket history.

A captaincy career which commenced in the year 2015 with twin centuries in Australia, has finally come to an end as team India’s (now) former skipper Virat Kohli, 33, decides to absolve himself of India’s Test captaincy duty, and thereby completely as skipper in all formats of the game on Saturday.

Kohli’s shocking decision came post a day after India lost its third Test match against South Africa in Cape Town, and with it a wonderful opportunity to win a maiden Test series on South African soil.

KL Rahul is perhaps next in the pecking order for India’s new Test skipper, with Rohit Sharma being handed the ODI and T20I captaincy responsibility last year.

Kohli led team India in a total of 213 matches across all formats. He prevailed in 135 of those, lost 60, tied 3, while drew 11 with a remarkable win percentage of 63.38.

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Most successful captain in Cricket (all formats)

Kohli currently stands at the 8th spot in the list of most successful Cricket captain across all formats of the game.

At the top is Kohli’s captain (in his own words), the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni who leads the list with 178 wins across 332 matches as captain of the Indian Cricket team. Placed below him are Australia’s Ricky Ponting (324 matches, 220 wins) and New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming (303 matches, 128 wins).

MS Dhoni (INDIA)2007-2018332178120615
RT Ponting (AUS/ICC)2002-201232422077213
SP Fleming (NZ)1997-2007303128135225
GC Smith (Afr/ICC/SA)2003-201428616389127
AR Border (AUS)1984-199427113989238
A Ranatunga (SL)1988-1999249101114125
M Azharuddin (INDIA)1990-199922110490219
V Kohli (INDIA)2013-202221313560311
SC Ganguly (Asia/INDIA)1999-20051969779015
EJG Morgan (ENG)2011-20211941156640

Most successful captain in Cricket (Test matches)

As far as solely the Test format is concerned, South Africa’s Graeme Smith leads the chart with 53 Test wins in a total of 109 matches as captain. Placed below him are Australia’s Allan Border (93 matches, 32 wins) and New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming (80 matches, 28 wins).

Virat Kohli, with 40 wins in 68 Tests, is India’s most successful Test captain and 6th overall in the world.

GC Smith (ICC/SA)2003-20141095329027
AR Border (AUS)1984-1994933222138
SP Fleming (NZ)1997-2006802827025
RT Ponting (AUS)2004-2010774816013
CH Lloyd (WI)1974-1985743612026
V Kohli (INDIA)2014-2022684017011
JE Root (ENG)2017-202261*272409
MS Dhoni (INDIA)2008-2014602718015
AN Cook (ENG)2010-2016592422013
SR Waugh (AUS)1999-20045741907

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Gurpreet Singh

Gurpreet Singh

Even before persuing his post-graduate diploma in English journalism from IIMC, Gurpreet was certain that Cricket had to be the driving force to keep him sane and optimistic in all life-related matters. Hailing from Ranchi and having represented Jharkhand at the Under-14 level, he believes that the more you keep digging in while understanding the nitty-gritty of a sport, the more humble you become with the realisation that you hardly know anything!

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