Virat Kohli steps down as India Test captain after seven years following South African series loss | Cricket News

Virat Kohli has resigned as India Test captain; the batter led his nation in 68 Tests, winning 40, losing 17 and shooting 11; Kohli was India’s white ball captain until Rohit Sharma took over the role late last year

Last update: 01/15/22 2:37 p.m.


Virat Kohli has ended his tenure as Indian Test captain

Virat Kohli has resigned as captain of India’s Test team following the 2-1 series loss to South Africa.

The 33-year-old first temporarily led his country in red-ball cricket during the winter tour of Australia in 2014 before taking the reins of MS Dhoni permanently at the end of the series.

During his tenure as India’s Test captain, Kohli helped them become the No.1 team in the ICC Tests rankings and saw them finish runners-up in the World Test Championship finals. last summer.

Kohli said on Twitter: “It’s been seven years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction.

“I did the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to end at some point and for me as India’s test captain, that’s now. .

“There were a lot of ups and also some downs along the journey, but there was never a lack of effort or a lack of belief.

“I’ve always believed in giving my 120% in everything I do, and if I can’t do it, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I can’t be dishonest to my team.”

The Indian striker left as Twenty20 captain after the T20 World Cup in November and was also replaced as skipper for a day by Rohit Sharma in December.

Kohli discusses his passionate personality on the pitch in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports' Dinesh Karthik

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Kohli discusses his passionate personality on the pitch in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports’ Dinesh Karthik

Kohli discusses his passionate personality on the pitch in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports’ Dinesh Karthik

Kohli was in charge of India’s red ball team 68 times, winning 40 games – making him their most successful Test captain. He signed after a disappointing 2-1 home loss to South Africa this week.

He added: “I would like to thank the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long time and more importantly to all the team mates who have joined. to the vision I had for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation. You made this trip so memorable and beautiful.

“For Ravi Bhai (Shastri) and the support group that was the engine behind this vehicle that has driven us steadily forward in Test cricket, you have all played a huge part in realizing this vision.

“Finally, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a captain and found me capable of taking Indian cricket forward.”

Kohli played 99 Tests and scored 7,962 points with an average of 50.39.

He has reached 27 Test centuries but hasn’t topped triple digits in red-ball cricket for his country since November 2019, a run of 15 games and 27 innings.

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