Virat Kohli becomes India's 32nd Test captain

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Adelaide, Dec 9: Virat Kohli today became India's 32nd Test captain when he led the side in the opening match of the four-game series against Australia here at Adelaide Oval.

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MS Dhoni was ruled out of the match due to injury and Kohli was chosen as skipper for this Test. Dhoni is set to return for the second game in Brisbane starting December 17.

It is a pleasure for me, says Virat Kohli

"It is a pleasure for me. My first Test hundred was on this ground (Adelaide Oval). Very special for me," Kohli said at the toss on his Test captaincy debut and playing in Adelaide. The 26-year-old Kohli is playing his 30th Test. He has already captained India in ODIs.

India's first Test skipper was CK Nayudu who led the team against England in 1932 at Lord's. Kohli is the 5th youngest Indian to captain in a Test. MAK Pataudi holds Indian record, leading the side at the age of 21 years. Sachin Tendulkar is second at 23 years followed by Kapil Dev (24 years) and current team director Ravi Shastri (25).

The Test series was rescheduled due to the tragic death of Phillip Hughes. He passed away after being struck in the neck by a bouncer in a match in Sydney. As per original itinerary, first Test was in Brisbane from December 4.


Full list of India's Test captains (32)

  1. CK Nayudu 1932-34 (4 Tests)
  2. Maharajah of Vizianagram 1936 (3)
  3. Nawab of Pataudi 1946 (3)
  4. Lala Amarnath 1947-52 (15)
  5. Vijay Hazare 1951-53 (14)
  6. Vinoo Mankad 1955-59 (6)
  7. Ghulam Ahmed 1955-59 (3)
  8. Polly Umrigar 1955-58 (8)
  9. Hemu Adhikari 1959 (4)
  10. Datta Gaekwad 1959 (4)
  11. Pankaj Roy 1959 (1)
  12. Gulabrai Ramchand 1959-60 (5)
  13. Nari Contractor 1960-62 (12)
  14. Mansur Ali Khan 1962-75 (40)
  15. Chandu Borde 1967 (1)
  16. Ajit Wadekar 1971-74 (16)
  17. Srinivas Venkataraghavan 1974-79 (5)
  18. Sunil Gavaskar 1976-85 (47)
  19. Bishan Singh Bedi 1976-78 (22)
  20. GR Viswanath 1980 (2)
  21. Kapil Dev 1983-87 (34)
  22. Dilip Vengsarkar 1987-89 (10)
  23. Ravi Shastri 1988 (1)
  24. Kris Srikkanth 1989 (4)
  25. Mohammad Azharuddin 1990-99 (47)
  26. Sachin Tendulkar 1996-2000 (25)
  27. Sourav Ganguly 2000-05 (49)
  28. Rahul Dravid 2003-07 (25)
  29. Virender Sehwag 2005-12 (4)
  30. Anil Kumble 2007-08 (14)
  31. MS Dhoni 2008 to present (58)
  32. Virat Kohli 2014 (1)

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