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Dhoni goes past Sourav Ganguly

MS Dhoni became the most successful Indian Test captain, surpassing Sourav Ganguly after India won the second Test against Australia by an innings and 135 runs on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Dhoni, who has recorded two World Cup wins (2007-T20, 2011-ODI), now has 22 Test wins, one more than Ganguly.

Mohammed Azharuddin is third with 14 wins while MAK Pataudi and Sunil Gavaskar are tied on fourth with nine wins each. Ganguly’s record of 21 Test wins stood for eight years before Dhoni overtook him after inflicting another humiliating loss on Australia. Australia also earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first team in the history of Test cricket to lose a match by an innings after having declared in the first innings.

Dhoni has captained India in 45 matches, winning 22, losing 12 and drawing 11 for a winning percentage of 48.88. Dhoni has recorded more wins in fewer games than Ganguly. Dhoni also has three overseas wins, one each in New Zealand, SA and WI. Ganguly led India in 49 matches with 21 wins, 13 losses and 15 draws (winning percentage 42.85). Azharuddin on the other hand has an equal number of win-loss record. He has won 14, lost 14 and drawn 19 out of the 49 matches he captained India.

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