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Virat Kohli steps down as India’s Test captain

By Daniel S

January 15, 2022

Virat Kohli has announced his decision to step down from his position as Test captain of the side. Like his announcement of leaving the T20I captaincy, Kohli took to Twitter to reveal his decision. His announcement comes a day after India lost the three-match Test series against South Africa by 2-1 after losing the third and final Test in Cape Town.

Kohli took the Indian fans on a journey of his Test career started seven years back and the various highs India achieved under his tenure. Notably, he took over captaincy from MS Dhoni when the team was ranked seventh, as opposed to No. 1 when he stepped down. He also mentioned that he never failed to give more than 100 percent on a cricket field.

Kohli thanked BCCI for appointing him as the captain of the Indian side and his teammates for supporting him in the journey.

“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.”

Kohli thanked Ravi Shastri who saw him very closely on his journey as the captain and expressed his gratitude towards former captain MS Dhoni.

“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.”

In the 68 Tests in which he led the Asian side, Kohli won 40 games and lost 11. This includes a series win against Australia during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19. Under his leadership, India made it to the inaugural World Test Championship Final as well.