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Virat Kohli Resigns as India Test Captain

Virat Kohli has stepped down as captain of India’s Test team with immediate effect.

The news comes a day after losing the Test series to South Africa 2-1 with a seven-wicket loss in Cape Town.

He took over as full-time Test captain in early 2015, when MS Dhoni had announced retirement in Australia, earning instant recognition as India’s most successful Test captain ever.

Kohli’s sudden announcement on social media comes after a series of public exchanges between him and the BCCI, which started with his T20I resignation before the 2021 World Cup. In early December, the BCCI then stripped Kohli of the ODI captaincy, naming Rohit Sharma the new white-ball leader. This led to a series of contradictions and controversies which prompted the cricketer’s decision.

In his statement, Kohli said: “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. 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 per cent 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 continued, “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 team-mates 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 [Shastri] 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.”

Former Indian Captain Ravi Shastri tweeted his reaction to Kohli’s decision and offered consoling words:

BCCI responded to Kohli’s statement saying, “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.”

The BCCI and selectors are likely to announce Kohli’s successor as captain at the time of the squad selection in India’s next Test assignment.

The post Virat Kohli Resigns as India Test Captain appeared first on BritAsia TV.



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