Virat Kohli steps down as India Test captain

A Day after test series defeat in South Arica, Virat Kohli resigns as Test captain of India. Virat Kohli will no longer be India’s Test captain, having taken up the role seven years ago.

Virat Kohli first took the important role in the year 2014 during the India’s tour to Australia 2014. Virat Kohli led team India in the first and last test match of the tour. This was December 9th when Virat Kohli took the responsibility for the first time in MS Dhoni’s absence.  MS Dhoni retired from Test Cricket. MS Dhoni decided to hang his boots after the third test in Australia, and Virat Kohli was appointed as the full-time Test Captain.

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“Every thing has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now,” Virat Kohli said taking to his twitter timeline.
Virat Kohli, at the start of what is his 200th match for RCB, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2021, Abu Dhabi, September 20, 2021
Virat Kohli also stepped down from RCB Captaincy in 2021, announcing it as the last season as skipper for the franchise.
Virat Kohli’s last game as captain was the Cape Town Test in South Africa, which India lost by seven wickets. The 33-year-old had recently stepped down as India’s T20I skipper and was subsequently removed as the ODI captain ahead of the South Africa tour by BCCI.
“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,” added Kohli.
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Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni share a laugh, India vs Namibia, T20 World Cup, Group 2, Dubai, November 8, 2021
Virat Kohli thanked BCCI for the opportunity given to him from last seven years. Kohli also mentioned former India Captain MS Dhoni and Head Coach Ravi Shastri in his message.
“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 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,” wrote Virat Kohli.
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Virat Kohli ends his stint as most successful Test Captain for India, as he oversaw team India’s rise to No.1 in Test Cricket. Notable achievements for him being India’s 2018-19 series win in Australia, India’s 2-1 lead in England (2021), also made it to the finals of maiden World Test Championship. He ends with fourth-most wins as captain in Test cricket, with 40 wins from 68 games. Out of the other 28, 11 were draws and 17 resulted in losses for team India.