In a bombshell development on Saturday, India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli announced his decision to step down from the leadership role following the team’s series defeat against South Africa. The 33-year-old Kohli shared a statement on his social media to relinquish the Test captaincy, leaving the fans in disbelief.
Kohli, who had held the Test captaincy role on a permanent basis since 2015, shared a heartfelt note and thanked the BCCI for giving him the opportunity of leading the side in whites. He also thanked former coach Ravi Shastri and ex-India skipper MS Dhoni.
“It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now,” he wrote.
Kohli finishes as the most successful captain of the country. With a staggering win-loss record of 40-17 in 68 matches, the right-hander was the greatest India has ever had.
Reacting to the development, forme cricketers took to Twitter to share their views on Kohli’s decision
Here’s are some of them:
Kohli is so far the most successful Test skipper India has ever seen. After all, it was under him that the country won its first-ever Test series in Australia.
Moreover, they inched ahead to take an unassailable 2-1 lead against England with one match to go. That feat in the 2021 series including wins at Lord’s and the Oval. He took the side to the inaugural World Test Championship final and guided the nation to its maiden Test triumph at Centurion in South Africa.
Under him, the side only drew 11 Tests.