Virat Kohli leads India for the 1st time as they go out to toss in the WTC final.© BCCI / Twitter
When Virat Kohli went to toss with New Zealand’s Kane Williamson in The Ajax Bowl in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, he surpassed MS Dhoni’s record of leading the Indian team in most Test matches. Kohli’s 1st match as India captain in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand was played in the longest format, which is now a record. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in December 2014 after captaining India in 60 matches. Along with Sri Lanka’s Arjuna Ranatunga and Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq behind him, Kohli also captained his team in 5 Tests as long-term Test captain.
South Africa’s Graeme Smith is the longest-serving captain in the history of Test cricket, having captained Proteas in a record 109 matches. He is the only player to have played more than 100 Tests as captain and Australia’s Alan Border is second with 93 Tests as captain.
Earlier, New Zealand captain Ken Williamson decided to field first after winning the toss in the much-awaited World Test Championship (WTC) final against India on Saturday. The endless rain saw the first day’s play washed away.
During the toss, India captain Virat Kohli said, “We probably bowled first too. But runs on board have become our strength. Running on board in big finals is a lot of advantage.
“We have been performing really well in Test cricket. For us it is just a Test match so we have to be professional, we have to follow the procedures.”
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