Virat Kohli, the star Indian batsman has resigned as India’s Test Captain. This comes after their surprising defeat against South Africa. Kohli will go down as currently the most successful Test skipper for India with 40 wins in 68 matches.
The Delhi lad chose Social Media to announce the shocking news. He is known as thr biggest flag bearer of the longest format and has often called it to be his favourite format. Virat also stepped down as T20I skipper last year before being sacked as the ODI skipper later.
The 33-year-old is in South Africa at the moment with the team and will be participating in the ODI series. Kohli also mentioned former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, for his role in recommending Virat as his successor 7 years ago.
Taking to Twitter and Instagram, Kohli wrote, “7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction”, the time had come for him to step aside.
“Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now,” he said.
“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 per cent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s 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 allowing me to lead my country for such a long period 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.” He added.
Virat Kohli’s legacy as Test skipper
Kohli’s tenure as the skipper will be termed as the most successful in Indian cricket history. Under him, the team won the Test series overseas and had an unbeatable run at home. He also prepared a tremendous bunch of fast bowlers, who are known to be one of the best in the world.
The star batter’s leadership style was always popular for being too aggressive. He was always involved in sledging and giving it back to the opposition. However, with results coming his way, it was costly celebrated. He took over the captaincy in 2014-15 from Dhoni and took the team to number 1 in ICC Test rankings from Number 7. Under him, the team has also won 5 consecutive Test maces.