Virat Kohli breaks MS Dhoni record to become most successful Test captain for India

first_imgIndia beat the Windies by 257 runs on Day 4 to sweep the series 2-0 and consolidate their position at the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table. It was India’s first clean-sweep in a Test series in the Caribbean.The victory saw Virat Kohli surpass MS Dhoni’s record of 27 Test wins, to become the most successful captain for India in Test cricket.With 28 wins, Virat Kohli ranks 3rd on the list of captains with most victories after 48 Tests behind Steve Waugh (36) and Ricky Ponting (33). Next up in Kohli’s sights will be Graeme Smith and Ricky Ponting who have 53 and 48 wins respectively.Virat Kohli now has more Test wins (28) than any other Indian captain #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/AQKUD1c9HT ICC (@ICC) September 2, 2019The win in Jamaica Test was also Kohli’s eighth triumph as India’s Test captain outside Asia. Meanwhile, Kohli’s biggest overseas Test series win as the captain came when he ended India’s 71-year-long wait for a Test series triumph in Australia in 2019.India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 4: Highlights | ReportAfter Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game during the tour of Australia in 2014, Kohli took over. He has since led India to victories over Australia, England and New Zealand at home and 2-1 and 4-1 losses in South Africa and England respectively.Dhoni had a win percentage of 45 as captain, after winning 27 matches, losing 18 and drawing 15. On the other hand, Kohli’s win percentage is 55.31 — the best among all other Indian captains in the format. In the 48 Tests under Virat Kohli, India have registered 28 wins, lost 10 games and drawn another 10.advertisementSourav Ganguly is third on the list with 21 wins from 49 matches as skipper with 13 losses and 15 draws. Dada had a win percentage of 42.85.Kohli had also surpassed Sourav Ganguly with the most Test wins in overseas matches for India as captain in the first Test of the series. Kohli now has 13 away wins as captain in 26 matches, while Ganguly had 11 wins in 28 games.Chasing a near-impossible target of 468, West Indies batting once again failed to show stomach for a good fight as they caved in for 210 in 59.5 overs, well inside the fourth day.The bowling quartet of Ishant Sharma (2/37 in 12 overs), Mohammed Shami (3/65 in 16 overs), Jasprit Bumrah (1/31 in 11 overs) and lone spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3/58 in 16.5 overs) were relentless in their pursuit of maintaining a tight leash on the home team batsmen.The win took India’s points tally to 120 after two games and they lead the nine-team table even though Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa are yet to begin their bilateral campaign as a part of the championship.Also Read | India vs West Indies, 2nd Test: Jermaine Blackwood replaces Darren Bravo as concussion substitutelast_img read more

Business head takes issue with Flaherty Carney complaint about investment

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 25, 2012 5:43 pm MDT OTTAWA – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has again called on Canada’s corporate community to use their massive cash reserves to invest in the future, only to have his message rebuffed Tuesday by the president of Canada’s largest business lobby.Flaherty told a conference attended by some of the country’s most influential business leaders that the government has done its part to create conditions for growth and job creation.John Manley, the former Liberal finance minister who now heads the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, was in the crowd and didn’t quite care for what he heard.Rather than sit on corporate profits, Manley said his members — among Canada’s largest 150 firms — are getting ready to make big investments in the next three years.“In fact, the anticipated spending on capital investment in Canada from our members alone exceeds all of the federal and provincial stimulus spending during the last downturn,” he said.“That’s pretty considerable and I think it’s going to pay off in terms of jobs and economic opportunity going forward.”The finance minister’s comments came at the conclusion of a two-day conference on Asia and China.Flaherty in essence was repeating sentiments he and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney have expressed before. The bank governor drew some push-back recently when he upped the ante by accusing firms of sitting on “dead money” rather than putting it to use to grow their firms, or return to investors.In his speech, the minister conceded that business investment had picked up of late, but “more needs to be done,” he told the audience.He noted that government had done its part, slashing corporate taxes, eliminating tariffs, introducing monetary inducements to encourage the purchase of new technologies, reducing red tape and concluding some 20 free trade and investment protection agreements around the world.“The government cannot do this alone,” he said. “Private sector business investment must also help lay the foundation for a sustained, longer-run expansion of Canada’s economy and jobs growth.”Coincidentally, in an unrelated release, KPMG released it latest annual study on tax competitiveness Tuesday, showing Canada now has the second lowest corporate taxes among 14 major countries measured, and the lowest among major developed countries.Manley told reporters later the criticism levelled at business has been unfair. Any reticence so far on the part of business leaders is not only understandable but prudent, he said, given that Flaherty himself has warned of major global risks in Europe and the United States.“So I don’t think he or Mr. Carney should find it surprising that companies would be trying to retain a little cushion of insurance on their balance sheets, when you really don’t know what the next couple of months is going to bring.”Flaherty did not stay to answer questions from the audience or scrum with reporters after his speech.The minister told the business community that their future — and Canada’s — lies east, with Asia and particularly China.With Europe and the United States in a prolonged period of deleveraging, Canada can no longer rely on those traditional trading partners — still Canada’s top two foreign markets — for growth. To succeed in the future, Canadian businesses would do well to target expansion in Asia, particularly China and India, he said.He got no disagreement from the participants at the “Canada in the Pacific Century” conference, who for the past two days had heard speaker after speaker extolling the benefits of hitching Canada’s economic wagon to Asia.Manley said there was more the government could do to help firms meet the Pacific challenge. While the Harper Conservatives have signed nine trade agreements since coming to power, none have been with Asian countries, he noted.He also advised Ottawa to tread carefully in its review of the controversial $15.1-billion takeover of Calgary-based oil producer Nexen Inc. by the China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC).“I think the important thing in my limited experience in dealing with China is that you don’t really want to surprise them. So if there are reservations (about the deal) it would have been good to have telegraphed them well in advance,” he said.Industry Canada is expected to issue its decision on whether the decision can go ahead, and under what conditions, in November.For the future, Manley said the government must signal, in public or private, the parameters for investing in Canada’s resource sector, particularly the oilsands.But a China expert from the University of Alberta said rejecting the deal now might undermine years of outreach to China by the government. Wenran Jiang of the university’s China Institute said Canada will have to get used to investments from the nominally communist country, particularly if Canada wants to expand its reach into the world’s fastest growing market.“We don’t have to treat China as a friend, but we should treat them as a business partner,” he said. Business head takes issue with Flaherty, Carney complaint about investment read more