Stats - Indian captains' record after winning or losing the toss in Tests

India haven't lost a single Test in Virat Kohli's captaincy after winning the toss.

Virat Kohli haven't lost even a single Test after winning the toss (photo - getty)

Toss plays an important role in Test cricket especially on green tops or spin friendly tracks where batting first and last isn't easy respectively.

In Test cricket, on most occasions, teams prefer batting first after winning the toss as fourth innings batting is a tougher task on any type of pitch. Such is the impact of toss that this year India's all 3 away Test wins came when they batted first and lost all 5 away Tests when they lost the toss and batted last.

The Test series score in South Africa and England could have been different had India won a few more tosses. Here is a look at India's Tests record after winning or losing tosses under different captains.

1. Indian captains' record after winning the toss (Min 10 Tests) -

 Captain  Tests   Won   Lost   Tied   Drawn   %W
 V Kohli   20  17  0  0  3  85.00%  
 M Azharuddin   29  10  7  0  12  34.48%
 MS Dhoni  26  9  9  0  8  34.61%
 S Ganguly  21  9  4  0  8  42.85%
 R Dravid  15  6  4  0  5  40.00%
 BS Bedi  13  4  5  0  4  30.76%
 S Gavaskar  22  4  4  0  14  18.18%
 Kapil Dev  15  3  2  0  10  20.00%
 MAK Pataudi  20  3  8  0  9  15.00%
 S Tendulkar  15  2  6  0  7  13.33%

- Virat Kohli is the only Indian captain who hasn't lost even a single Test after winning the toss and has also won more Tests than any other Indian captain after winning the toss (Min 10 Tests). 

- Virat Kohli has also won more Tests as captain after winning the toss. 

2. Indian captains' record after losing the toss (Min 10 Tests) -

 Captain  Tests   Won   Lost   Tied   Drawn   %W
 MS Dhoni  34  18  9  0  7   52.94% 
 S Ganguly  28  12  9  0  7  42.85%
 V Kohli  23  8  9  0  6  34.78%
 MAK Pataudi  20  6  11  0  3  30.00%
 S Gavaskar  25  5  4  0  16  20.00%
 M Azharuddin   18  4  7  0  7  22.22%
 R Dravid  10  2  2  0  6  20.00%
 S Tendulkar  10  2  3  0  5  20.00%
 L Amarnath  11  1  5  0  5  09.09%
 Kapil Dev  19  1  5  1  12  05.26%

- MS Dhoni have highest winning percentage (52.94%) while Kapil Dev have lowest (5.26%) after losing the toss in Test cricket.

- MS Dhoni have also won more Tests than any other captain after losing the toss. 

3. Virat Kohli's record as Test captain -

 Criteria  Tests   Won   Lost   Tied   Drawn   %W
 Toss Won   20  17  0  0  3    85.00%  
 Toss Lost   23  8  9  0  6  34.78%
 Overall  43  25  9  0  9  58.14%

4. Most Test wins after winning the toss (in World) -

30 - Graeme Smith (60 Tests)

25 - Ricky Ponting (37 Tests)

23 - Steve Waugh (31 Tests)

20 - Clive Llyod (35 Tests)

18 - Misbah ul Haq (29 Tests)

17* - Virat Kohli (20 Tests)

5. Most Test wins after losing the toss (in World) -

23 - Ricky Ponting (40 Tests)

23 - Graeme Smith (49 Tests)

18 - MS Dhoni (34 Tests)

18 - Steve Waugh (26 Tests)

17 - Stephen Fleming (43 Tests)

17 - Sir Viv Richards (27 Tests)


By Jasveer Singh Kharra - 12 Dec, 2018

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