Saturday, 28 January 2023

Virat Kohli resign from Test captain of India

Virat Kohli resign from Test captain of India

Virat Kohli has stepped down as a Test captain of India immediately, and he confirmed on Saturday (15th January).

Virat Kohli's decision comes a day after India fell short in their quest to win their first-ever series in South Africa. Despite winning the opening Test match, South Africa won the series by 2-1.

Virat Kohli, who conveyed his decision on social media, had recently stepped down as T20I skipperTeam India and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain ahead of the South Africa tour.

Virat Kohli's statement:

"It's been seven years of complex works, toil, and constant perseverance every day to take the team in the right way. I've done the job with honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to come to a stop at some stage, and for me as Test Captain of India, it's now. But never has there been a short of effort or belief. I have always believed in giving my more than 100 percent in everything I do, and if I can't do that, I know that it's not the right thing to do. I have clarity in my heart, and I cannot be dishonest to my team.

"I want to thank the Board of Control for Cricket in India for giving me the opportunity to captain and lead my country for such a long period and more importantly to all the teammates who brought into the light I had for the team from day one, and they never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey so special and beautiful. To Ravi Bhai and the support staff who were the engine behind this vehicle that regularly moved us upwards in Test Cricket, you all played a huge role in bringing this vision to life. Lastly, a big thank you to Dhoni who believed in me as a Captain of Team India and found me to be an able individual who could take Indian Cricket ahead."

Virat Kohli resign from Test captain of India 1Twitter image: @imVkohli

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Virat Kohli first led India in a Test match by the end of 2014 in Adelaide without MS Dhoni. He took over as full-time captain in the same series immediately after Dhoni's Test retirement. Over the years, Virat Kohli's success as captain in Tests also led to him taking over the control in the other formats once MS Dhoni stepped down. Eventually, he surpassed Dhoni and became the most successful Indian Test captain.

Under Kohli's term, India reached the top in the Test rankings and managed to win a Test series in Aus Land for the first time in Indian history, in 2018-19. While Australia was weakened in the batting department in that series, India under Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane returned to those shores two years later to beat them again. India is also leading the series in England 2-1 and will return this year to play the fifth and final Test. In the inaugural World Test Championship, India reached the final but lost to New Zealand. Overall, India has won 40 Tests under Kohli with only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh ahead of him on the all-time list.

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