India skipper Virat Kohli has stepped down as the Captain for the Indian Test Cricket Team. This announcement came in the backdrop of India’s 1-2 loss against South Africa in the three-match test series at Cape Town, SA.
Kohli took to Twitter and wrote,
“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. 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 percent 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.
“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. 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 response to this, the BCCI wrote,
Virat Kohli remains a largely successful captain for team India and the team emerged as no.1 position in the ICC rankings under him. In 2021, he also led the team in the World Test Championship at Southampton.
Earlier, Kohli stepped down as T20 captain of the Indian team, and the BCCI stripped him of his ODI Captaincy and named Rohit Sharma the captain of the team.