Virat Kohli steps down as India Test captain: In a massive breaking news, Virat Kohli has shockingly decided to step down as India Test captain with immediate effect. This surprising decision comes after Team India’s disappointing 1-2 Test series loss against South Africa where the visitors failed to defend a 200-plus score in the fourth innings both in the second and third Test matches, following a historic win in the Centurion Test. Virat Kohli was also involved in a heated controversy with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) regarding his earlier decision of stepping down as the T20I captain.
In a noticeable mention, Rohit Sharma had replaced Virat Kohli as the full-time India limited-overs captain back in December 2021. Kohli posted an emotional message on the social media where he thanked the BCCI to have given him this opportunity to lead the country in the longest format of the game. The former ODI captain also noted that he always gave his 120 percent towards his game during the seven years of his captaincy reign while regarding the support provided by former head coach Ravi Shastri and the entire support staff. Virat also thanked former cricketer MS Dhoni who believed in his captaincy skills as someone who can take the Indian cricket forward.
“It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Every thing has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now,” Virat Kohli wrote in his tweet.
“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 it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team,” he added.
Since taking over as the skipper back in 2015, Virat Kohli is currently the most successful India captain in Test cricket having managed to win a total of 40 matches, conceded 17 losses and drawn 11 games. While considering the all-time Test captaincy records, Virat is placed at the sixth spot with a fabulous winning percentage of 58.82 only behind the likes of Clive Lloyd, Ricky Ponting, Stephen Fleming, Allan Border and Graeme Smith. Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, India won their first-ever Test series in Australia and are leading the five-match series in England by 2-1 at this moment.
It still remains to be seen what was the main reason behind Virat Kohli’s shocking decision to quite India Test captaincy. This is also the third big decision taken by the 33-year-old cricketer post stepping down as the India T20I captain and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper.
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