Reason why Virat Kohli stepped down as India Test Captain: Star cricketer Virat Kohli shocked the entire world as he announced a mindboggling decision of stepping down as the India Test captain. This breaking news comes in the aftermath of India’s depressing 1-2 Test series loss in South Africa where the visitors had registered a phenomenal win in the opening Test match.
According to multiple relevant sources, Virat Kohli had a big discussion with head coach Rahul Dravid post India’s loss in the third Test match against South Africa. After his discussion with Dravid, Kohli informed BCCI secretary Jay Shah earlier in the day about his decision to step down as the Test captain as “he is tired”. It is being understood that the Board of Control for Cricket in India accepted his decision and never asked him to reconsider the same. A report by the PTI also states that Rahul Dravid is already preparing a brand new roadmap for Indian cricket that actually involves Virat Kohli only as a Test batter.
Another possible reason for Virat Kohli’s massive call of quitting Test captaincy all of a sudden could be his ongoing controversy with the BCCI post him being removed as the ODI captain in December 2021. In the press conference before the South Africa tour, Kohli came up with a number of shocking revelations including the one where he stated that nobody from the BCCI had actually asked him to reconsider his decision of stepping down as the India T20I captain. This was in the aftermath of the statement released by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly who mentioned that he personally requested Virat not to leave T20I captaincy.
However, chief selector Chetan Sharma had recently cleared the air revealing that each of the five selectors and the BCCI secretary Jay Shah and President Sourav Ganguly had definitely asked Virat Kohli to rethink about his decision of stepping down as the T20I captain and to discuss the same after the T20 World Cup 2021. In a noticeable mention, Rohit Sharma is now very much likely to be named the new India Test captain and he will be leading the national team across formats. But looking at his consistent injury issues, BCCI might possibly groom any youngster likes KL Rahul or Jasprit Bumrah for the Test captaincy role.
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