Virat Kohli vs Joe Root vs Steve Smith Test Captaincy records

On Friday, Joe Root steps down as the England Cricket Team's Test captain, and SportzPoint brings you the Test captaincy records made by Kohli, Root, and Smith

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The end of an Era awaits as Joe Root steps down on Friday, as the captain of the England Test team. After Steve Smith, and Virat Kohli it's Joe Root who quit captaincy for their national side. However, among the "Fab Four," it's only Kane Williamson, who is remaining to take off his hat as NZ's skipper. So, the end of an Era is awaiting us in the coming years. We all have very little time to watch the "Fab Four" together on the field maybe 5-6 years.

However, let's take a look at the Test captaincy records and stats of Kohli, Root, and Steve Smith below.

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Virat Kohli

Matches 68

Wins 40

Loss 17

Draw 11

Win% 58.82

Virat Kohli vs Joe Root vs Steve Smith Test Captaincy records |

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli represented India between 2014 and 2022 before Rohit took the charge. However, in 68 Tests Kohli successfully registered 40 wins under his name and maintained a winning percentage of 58.82. Kohli is the most successful captain for India in the red ball with a win percentage of 58.82.

Joe Root

Matches 64

Wins 27

Loss 26

Draw 11

Win% 42.18

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Virat Kohli vs Joe Root vs Steve Smith Test Captaincy records |

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England skipper Joe Root, who just steps down as captain of England has represented the country between 2017 and 2022. However, in which Root registered 27 wins in 64 games while suffering defeat in 26 games. Joe Root maintained a winning percentage of 42.18 as captain in tests before he stepped down yesterday.

Steve Smith

Matches 35

Wins 19

Loss 10

Draw 6

Win% 54.28

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The third and last skipper on this list is Steve Smith, the former captain of the Australian cricket team. Smith represented his country between 2014 and 2021 before he stepped down. However, in 35 matches, he successfully registered 19 wins while facing defeat in 10 games. Meanwhile, the Aussies' right-handed batsman has maintained a winning percentage of 54.28 in Tests till he captained the side. One of the most successful test captains of all-time standing behind two legends Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting.


N.B: The Stats and Records are updated till 16/04/2022.

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