Indian Test captain list

Test captain Period Tests Wins Losses Draw/Tied Win/loss percentage
1. CK Nayudu 1932-34 4 0 3 1/0 0.00/75.00%
2. Maharajkumar 1936 3 0 2 1/0 0.00/66.66%
3. N Pataudi 1946 3 0 1 2/0 0.00/33.33%
4. L Amarnath 1947-52 15 2 6 7/0 13.33/40.00%
5. V Hazare 1951-53 14 1 5 8/0 7.14/35.71%
6. V Mankad 1954-59 6 0 1 5/0 0.00/16.66%
7. G Ahmed 1955-59 3 0 2 1/0 0.00/66.66%
8. P Umrigar 1955-59 8 2 2 4/0 25.00/25.00%
9. H Adhikari 1958-59 1 0 0 1/0 0.00/0.00%
10. D Gaekwad 1959 4 0 4 0/0 0.00/100.00%
11. P Roy 1959 1 0 1 0/0 0.00/100.00%
12. G Ramchand 1959-60 5 1 2 2/0 20.00/40.00%
13. N Contractor 1960-62 12 2 2 8/0 16.66/16.66%
14. MAK Pataudi 1961-75 40 9 19 12/0 22.50/47.50%
15. C Borde 1967 1 0 1 0/0 0.00/100.00%
16. A Wadekar 1970-74 16 4 4 8/0 25.00/25.00%
17. S Venkatraghavan 1974-79 5 0 2 3/0 0.00/40.00%
18. S Gavaskar 1975-85 47 9 8 30/0 19.14/17.02%
19. BS Bedi 1975-79 22 6 11 5/0 27.27/50.00%
20. G Viswanath 1979-80 2 0 1 1/0 0.00/50.00%
21. Kapil Dev 1982-87 34 4 7 22/1 11.76/20.58%
22. D Vengsarkar 1987-89 10 2 5 3/0 20.00/50.00%
23. R Shastri 1988 1 1 0 0/0 100.00/0.00%
24. K Srikkanth 1989-90 4 0 0 4/0 0.00/0.00%
25. M Azharuddin 1990-99 47 14 14 19/0 29.78/29.78%
26. S Tendulkar 1996-2000 25 4 9 12/0 16.00/36.00%
27. S Ganguly 2000-05 49 21 13 15/0 42.85/26.53%
28. R Dravid 2003-07 25 8 6 11/0 32.00/24.00%
29. V Sehwag 2005-12 4 2 1 1/0 50.00/25.00%
30. A Kumble 2007-08 14 3 5 6/0 21.42/35.71%
31. MS Dhoni 2008-14 60 27 18 15/0 45.00/30.00%
32. V Kohli 2014-18 40 22 9 9/0 55.00/22.50%
33. A Rahane 2017 2 2 0 0/0 100.00/0.00%

Last update: 13 Aug 2018




FAQs

Who was India’s first Test captain?

CK Nayudu was the first to lead India in Test matches, though he did so before India attained independence. Nayudu led India in just four Tests between 1932 and 1934, losing three and drawing one.

Lala Amarnath was the first Indian Test captain post-independence. He led India for five years and in 15 Test matches, winning two, losing six and drawing seven.

Who is the most successful Indian Test captain?

MS Dhoni, with 27 wins from 60 Test matches as captain, is currently the most successful. Sourav Ganguly, with 21 victories from 49 Tests, is the second-most successful Indian Test captain.

How many Test match captains have India had?

So far, India have had 33 Test captains, who have led the national cricket team in at least one Test match, with Ajinkya Rahane being the latest.

What is Virat Kohli’s captaincy record in Test cricket?

Though in his early days as skipper, Kohli has the highest win percentage (62.50%). He has lost just three of the 32 Tests as captain and won 20. He has drawn nine Tests.

About Indian Test captains

One of the primary reasons India drew many Tests in the 1980s, 1990s and even in the 2000s was because of the defensive mindsets of former Indian Test captains, who weren’t prepared to risk losing a Test match in a bid to secure a win. Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni come to mind as captains who were defensive in their approaches, rarely took gambles and consequently drew many Test matches.

Virat Kohli differs from the troika aforementioned. In his three-year stint as Indian Test captain so far, Kohli has been inclined to go for victories even if doing so involves the risk of India losing a Test. The Adelaide Test against Australia in December 2014 comes to mind instantly and Kohli is also bringing about a change in the Indian mentality, which was to beef up the batting, put runs on the board and bring the spinners into play. Instead, he has looked to play five genuine bowlers whenever possible.

Therefore, with Kohli at the helm, we are seeing an Indian captain who wants to win Test matches and because of his mentality, Tests involving India are exciting to watch. Aren’t they?

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