Kohli: In a shocking development, Indian cricketer Virat Kohli announced that he has stepped down as the Test captain of the Indian cricket team. This comes right after India tasted a defeat against South Africa in the recent Test Series. There was a criticism surrounding Kohli for quite some time now that he is also aware of. Finally, he decided to step down.
Virat Kohli had replaced MS Dhoni as the full-time captain in the 2014/15 season. With a total of 40 wins in 68 matches, Kohli ends his captaincy stint as the most successful Indian Test captain. However, he is ending his stint with a failure.
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In his statement, Kohli had thanked BCCI, former head coach Ravi Shastri, and MS Dhoni.
In the last five months, Kohli stepped down as RCB captain, stepped down as T20 captain, was removed as ODI captain, and stepped down as Test captain.
“It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil, and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as 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 it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team,” wrote Kohli in his statement.
Kohli also wrote, “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 bad 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.”