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Virat Kohli steps down as Indian Tests captain

Only South African legends Graeme Smith and Australian legends Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting have won more men’s Tests as captain than Kohli

Virat Kohli has resigned as captain of the India men’s Test team.

The 33-year-old, who stopped managing the limited Indian teams last year, had been in charge of the Test team since 2015.

He captained India to a record 68 Tests, winning 40 games – the fourth-best record of any Test captain in history.

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

“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. .”

Kohli’s announcement came a day after India’s seven-wicket loss against South Africa in Cape Town, delivering the visitors to a 2-1 series loss.

He played in 99 tests in total, averaging 50.39 in the longer format, with 27 centuries.

In 2021, Kohli led India to the final of the inaugural Test World Championship, losing to New Zealand in Southampton.

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

“I’ve always believed in giving my 120 per cent 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 cannot be dishonest to my team.”

Matches Won Lost Drawn Attached No result
Test 68 40 17 11 0
ODI 95 65 27 0 1 2
T20 45 27 14 0 2 2
Total 208 132 58 11 3 4

“Memorable and beautiful”

Kohli’s major victories as captain included victory over Australia in 2018-19 – India’s first series win and what Kohli described at the time as the “proudest” moment of his career. career.

He also steered India to a 2-1 lead over England last summer, ahead of the final Test at Old Trafford. canceled due to Covid-19. It has now been postponed to Edgbaston in July.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) praised Kohli and said he had taken the team to “unprecedented heights”.

Kohli paid tribute to his teammates, including MS Dhoni, whom he replaced as test captain.

“I want to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long time and especially to all the teammates who bought into the vision I had for the team from day one and who have never given up on any situation,” he wrote.

“You made this trip so memorable and beautiful.”

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

Former all-rounder Ravi Shastri, who was India’s head coach from 2017 until last year, has said Kohli could step down with his “head held high”.

“Few have achieved what you have as a captain – certainly India’s most aggressive and successful captain,” he said.

“Sad day for me personally as this is the team we have built together.”


Kohli was also named limited overs captain in 2017. He stepped down as T20 captain after the World Cup. in November 2021, replaced by Rohit Sharma.

He was later relieved of his duties as captain for a day of India in December because the coaches didn’t want two different white ball skippers.

Cricket commentator Prakash Wakankar said Saturday’s announcement was “complete thunderclap”.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The legacy he will leave will include, above all, the intensity, passion and drive he brought to Test cricket in the days when white-ball cricket in all formats seems to engulf the world.”

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