Virat Kohli steps down as Test captain, shares heartfelt note

Kohli’s stunning decision came a day after India’s Test series defeat against South Africa.

Virat Kohli. (Image source: BCCI)

In what could be called a shocking announcement, Virat Kohli has resigned from his position India Test leader. The 33-year-old took to Twitter on Saturday (January 15) and reported the same. Kohli’s stunning decision came a day after India’s Test series defeat against South Africa. India, despite its 1-0 lead, failed to win its first Test series in the Rainbow Country.

The same thing earned them a lot of cash. However, Kohli’s departure as the Test Leader never seemed on the cards. Kohli, in his statement, thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for giving him the opportunity to lead the nation. He also thanked former coach Ravi Shastri and former captain MS Dhoni for his support on his journey. Kohli, who resigned as India’s white ball captain last year, said he feels the time is right for him to step down as Test captain.

You got the job done with absolute honesty: Virat Kohli

“It took 7 years of hard work, toil and tireless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction. I got the job done with absolute honesty and left nothing there. Everything had to stop at some point and for me as India Test Leader, it is now,” kohli He wrote in his tweet.

“There have been many ups and downs and failures along the journey, but there has never been a lack of effort or a lack of faith. I have always believed in giving 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do it, I know it’s not the right thing to do. Done. I have absolute clarity in my heart and cannot be dishonest with my team.”

Meanwhile, Kohli also thanked his teammates for supporting his vision of taking the team to great heights. “I would like to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and most importantly to all my teammates who bought into the vision I had for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation,” Kohli said.

“You guys made this trip beautiful and unforgettable. To Ravi Bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this car that has moved us up constantly in Test Cricket, you have all played a huge role in bringing this vision to life. Finally, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who He believed in me as a captain and found me a capable person who could push Indian cricket forward.”

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