Virat Kohli on Saturday announced his decision to resign as India’s Test captain with a post on his social media handle. The 33-year-old resigned as India’s most successful captain in the longest format in history. In 2014, Kohli’s name was chosen for the Test captaincy that what was the time when Dhoni was the captain and did step down in the middle of the series against Australia. He led India to the top of the Test table and won the ICC Test match for a record five times.
Kohli’s announcement comes a day after losing the Test series by 1-2 in South Africa.
The right-handed batsman led India to the top of the world rankings and during his tenure, the team registered a memorable series win in Australia. He resigned as the T20I captain at the end of the World Cup last year and was later removed as the ODI captain.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 15, 2022
The player revolutionized Test cricket in India and fueled the fast bowling attack, which has paid off over the years. He led India to their maiden Test series win on Australian soil in 2018-19 and also led the team to a 2-1 lead in England last year.
When the Indian team reached the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2019-2021, Kohli was also the leader but failed to beat New Zealand. Similar to his white-ball ventures, Kohli ends his Test captaincy stint without even an ICC trophy.
Moments after Kohli announced his decision, the BCCI congratulated the former captain his admirable leadership qualities taking the Test team to extraordinary heights like never before. BCCI secretary Jay Shah also congratulated Kohli for his stupendous tenure. Virat was praised for turning the team into a fit unit and performed admirably both in domestic as well as international cricket.
IPL team Royal Challengers also wished the batsmen good luck. He thanked the former captain for taking Indian cricket forward. The IPL franchise said he was an inspiration and leader of excellence. He thanked the players for taking the Indian team to heights.
You’ve been an inspiration and a leader par excellence. Thank you for taking Indian cricket forward like only you could have. ??
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) January 15, 2022