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On the occasion of Virat Kohli’s birthday, these are the top five Indian victories he has led.


Virat Kohli’s dominance across forms proves he is one of the sport’s finest batsmen. The Delhi-born hitter continues to break records today.
He led the Indian team across formats for years, raising Test cricket to new heights. Kohli commanded the Indian squad across formats for nearly five years and the Test team for seven.
He has 40 wins in 68 Tests as India’s most successful captain. Under his captaincy, India has won 65 of 95 ODIs and 30 of 50 T20Is.
India led the five-match T20I series 2-0 when the caravan reached Hamilton in 2020. Rohit’s 65 and cameos from Kohli and Rahul helped the visitors post 179/5.
Kane Williamson led the Kiwis’ chase to victory. A Ross Taylor six in the final over nearly sealed the game, but Mohammad Shami dismissed Williamson for 95. He then yorked castle Taylor to force a Super Over.
Willamson scored 17 against Jasprit Bumrah. Rohit whacked Tim Southee for successive sixes to seal the series as the Blues celebrated.
The next match finished in a draw before Kohli won in Super Over.
India had never beaten South Africa at home in ODIs till 2018. The Kohli-led side was 2-0 in the six-match series entering into the third game in Centurion, and the captain had a scorching unbeaten 160.
Despite Rohit’s duck in the opening over, Kohli and Dhawan put up 140 runs before a collapse. Bhuvneshwar Kumar watched as the captain tore at the Proteas seamers to lead India to 303/6.
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal then dismantled South Africa’s batting unit. They took eight wickets to restrict them to 179. This match, handled by India’s captain, helped them win the series 5-1.
Kohli’s golden years as captain coincided with historic Test victories. In 2018, India arrived in Australia as favourites, with the hosts’ batting decimated.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s century in the first innings of the first Test in Adelaide gave India a 15-run advantage. Pujara scored 71 in the second innings, and India set the hosts a target of 323.
Tim Paine and the tail wagged despite being dropped to 115/5. Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon threatened the unfathomable, but the visitors won by 31 runs.
Despite losing the Perth Test, Kohli and Co. won Melbourne and drew Sydney to win their first Test series in Australia.
In January 2018, Kohli led India to South Africa. They entered the Wanderers in Johannesburg trailing 2-0 to prevent a whitewash.
Perilous surface with irregular bounce. The track felt perilous for a batter. India handled a low-scoring thriller without a hitch.
India was limited to 187 after Kohli and Pujara scored fifties in the first innings. Bumrah’s five-fer bowled out the Proteas for 180, so the visitors pinch-hit Parthiv Patel to start their innings. As the track became tricky, Kohli scored 41 and Ajinkya Rahane scored 48.
Kohli told his team before bowling England out in the fourth innings, “For 60 overs, they should suffer hell.” It showed his fearlessness as India’s Test captain.

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