A day after India’s 1-2 loss in three-match Test series to South Africa, Virat Kohli on Saturday stepped down as the team India Test captain. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are being considered as the top contender for the post.
Sharing a copy of his statement on Twitter, Kohli wrote that it’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. He has done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for him as Test Captain of India, it’s now, Kohli said in his Twitter post.
Kohli also said he has always given his 120% in everything he has done on the cricket field. There have been many ups and downs throughout his career but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. He has absolute clarity in his heart and cannot be dishonest to his team, Kohli said in his post shared on Twitter.
Kohli, who had already stepped down as T20I captain after T20 World Cup, thanked the BCCI and his teammates for supporting him throughout his journey as Indian captain. Last year in December, he was replaced as India’s full-time white-ball captain by Rohit Sharma.
He was appointed as the test captain of India in 2014 after MS Dhoni had stepped down from the captaincy in the middle of test series against Australia.
Kohli’s was among those successful captains who have achieved various milestones for team India.
Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, team India had successfully grabbed the top spot at the ICC test rankings and led the team India into the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in Southampton.
Overall, Kohli steps down with the fourth-most wins as captain in Test cricket, with 40 wins from 68 games.