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.
“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.
“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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BCCI congratulates #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli for his admirable leadership qualities that took the Test team to unprecedented heights. He led India in 68 matches and has been the most successful captain with 40 wins. https://t.co/oRV3sgPQ2G
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 2022