Virat Kohli close to equalling MS Dhoni’s Test captaincy record

first_imgVirat Kohli is one win away from equalling MS Dhoni’s record of most wins as Indian Test captain. The 30-year-old currently has 26 wins from 46 matches while his predecessor had 27 wins in 60.Kohli took over as captain of the Indian Test team when Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game during the tour of Australia in 2014. 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.In 2018, Kohli led India to their first ever series win in Australia. A dominant Indian team beat Australia 2-1 to seal a historic win.Moreover, Kohli has switched gears with the bat since taking over the reins. He is the highest run scorer as captain for India with 4515 runs at a mind-numbing average of 62.7. He has scored 18 centuries in this period.The first Test against West Indies marks the two teams’ entry into the ICC World Test Championship. It will be played in North Sound, Antigua and starts on August 22.Also Read | Competition in Test cricket has gone up two-folds in last couple of years: Virat KohliAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja eyes major landmark in India vs West Indies TestsAlso Seelast_img read more

UNP says dissolution of Parliament illegal but will face polls

Senaratne said the second illegal act of the President was to dissolve Parliament after he found he did not have the numbers to show a majority in Parliament.Former Parliamentarian Ajith Perera said that the UNP will meet the Elections Commissioner tomorrow (Saturday) to discuss the legality of the move to dissolve Parliament. He said that the President first took the unconstitutional decision to sack the Prime Minister and prorogue Parliament. He said the UNP will expect the Elections Commissioner to seek the intervention of the Supreme Court against the illegal actions of the President.Asked who the UNP Prime Ministerial candidate will be at the election, Ajith Perera said that first the UNP and the public need to challenge the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament and the next step will be to discuss the Prime Ministerial candidate of the UNP. (Colombo Gazette) Senaratne told reporters at a late night press conference at Temple Trees that there were reports the Department of Elections will seek the opinion of the court on the dissolution of Parliament and announcement of snap elections. The United National Party (UNP) said that the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament was illegal but the party will still face the election.Former UNP Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne said that the UNP and the United National Front (UNF) will form a broad coalition to contest the election. read more