Virat Kohli steps down as India Test cricket captain after 68 games since 2014

Indian cricketing superstar Virat Kohli will no longer be his country’s Test cricket captain.

Fresh off a series loss in South Africa, Kohli made his announcement on social media.

“It was [seven] years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction,” he wrote.

“Everything has to stop at some point and for me as India’s test captain, it’s now.”

Although he stepped down as captain, Kohli is expected to stay on the team as the top-order batsman.

Kohli captained the Test team for the first time in 2014 in the first Test of the series against Australia in Adelaide, a game remembered as the first after the death of fly-half Philip Hughes.

He scored a century in both legs of the match, which Australia eventually won by 48 runs.

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Took over the captain of the MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni returned as captain for the next two Test matches of the series before Kohli took over full time ahead of the final Test.

After that, he became India’s most successful test captain.

Kohli led his nation in 68 Test matches, the most of any Indian player.

As captain, he won 40 games, lost 17 and drew 11.

He led India to their first Test series victory in Australia in 2018-19.

“There were many ups and downs along the journey, but there was never a lack of effort or a lack of belief,” he wrote.

Kohli said he knew it was the right time to step down as captain because he could no longer give “120 per cent”.

He also praised his predecessor, who he said trusted him early on.

The 33-year-old has played a total of 99 Tests since his debut in 2011.

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