Virat Kohli stepped down down as India’s Test Captain on Saturday. Kohli issued a statement on Twitter to make the announcement. The decision comes a day after India’s 1-2 loss in three-match Test series to South Africa. “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. 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.
Kohli took over as full-time Test captain in early 2015, when MS Dhoni had announced retirement in Australia, and has primarily held the role since then.
Virat Kohli’s stint as Test captain was a largely successful one, as he oversaw the team’s rise to No.1 in the ICC rankings, following several memorable overseas victories. In 2021, he led India to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship, in Southampton. Overall, he steps down with the fourth-most wins as captain in Test cricket, with 40 wins from 68 games
Virat Kohli thanked the BCCI and his teammates for supporting him throughout his journey as Indian captain.
“I want to thank 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 for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation,” Virat Kohli added.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 15, 2022