Virat Kohli has stepped down as captain of the Test team with immediate effect on Saturday as he thanked MS Dhoni for giving him the opportunity to lead the country.
Soon a day after India’s loss to South Africa in South Africa (2-1), Kohli has announced that he’ll be stepping down as the captain of the test team. He penned down a letter and posted it on his social media account confirming his resignation.
In his resignation post, Virat Kohli wrote:
“It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil, and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I have done this job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as the Test Captain of India, it’s now. There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know its not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team. I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision I had for the team from Day One and never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey so memorable and beautiful. To Ravi Bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that moved us upwards in Test cricket consistently, you all have played a massive role in bringing this vision to life. Lastly, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a captain and found me to be an able individual who could take Indian Cricket forward.
Kohli led India in 68 Test matches and has sealed his name as the most successful Indian skipper in the whites with 40 wins to his credit. Kohli replaced former skipper Dhoni as the full-time captain in the 2014/15 tour to Australia.