Virat Kohli steps down as India Test captain after seven years in the job following South Africa Series defeat | cricket news

Virat Kohli steps down as India Test Leader; The hitter led his nation in 68 Tests, won 40, lost 17, and tied 11; Kohli was India’s white ball captain until Rohit Sharma took over the role late last year

Last update: 1/15/22 2:37 PM


Virat Kohli has finished his term as India Test captain

Virat Kohli resigned as captain of the India Test team after a 2-1 series defeat to South Africa.

The 33-year-old captained his country for the first time in temporary red ball cricket during the winter tour in Australia in 2014 before taking the reins permanently from MS Dhoni at the end of the series.

During his tenure as India Test captain, Kohli helped them become the number one team in the ICC Test Rankings and watched them finish second in the World Test Championship final last summer.

Kohli said on Twitter: “It’s been seven 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 fidelity and I left nothing there. Everything has to stop at some point and for me as a Test Leader for India, it is now.

“There have been many ups and downs 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 that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and can’t be dishonest with my team.”

The India racket relinquished the Twenty20 captain after the T20 World Cup in November and was also replaced as one-day captain by Rohit Sharma in December.

Kohli discusses his passionate personality on the field in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports' Dinesh Karthik

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Kohli discusses his passionate personality on the field in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports’ Dinesh Karthik

Kohli discusses his passionate personality on the field in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports’ Dinesh Karthik

Kohli has been in charge of the Indian red ball team on 68 occasions, winning 40 matches – making him the team’s most successful captain. He fell after a disappointing 2-1 loss at home to South Africa this week.

He added, “I would like to thank BCCI (Control Board of Cricket in India) for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and most importantly to all my teammates who have been convinced by the vision. He has been to the team since day one and has never given up in any situation. You have made this journey. Beautiful and unforgettable guys.

“To Ravi Bhai (Shastri) and the support group who were the motor behind this car that has moved us upward in Test cricket constantly, you have all played a huge role in bringing this vision to life.

“Finally, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a captain and found me a capable person who can push Indian cricket forward.”

Kohli took 99 tests and scored 7,962 points with an average of 50.39.

He has reached 27 Test centuries but has not passed three digits in red ball cricket for his country since November 2019, a 15-match, 27-round streak.

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