Cricket: Virat Kohli steps down as Indian Test captain | Cricket News

Kohli captained the team for 68 games and won 40, making him India’s most successful Test captain.

Virat Kohli has resigned as captain of the Indian Test team after seven years in the role.

Kohli captained the team for 68 games and won 40, making him India’s most successful Test captain.

He announced the decision on Saturday following India’s loss in a Test series to South Africa 1-2.

“Everything has to stop at some point and for me as India’s Test captain, it’s now… 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,” Kohli said in a post on Twitter. “I have absolute clarity in my heart and I can’t be dishonest to my team.”

India’s cricket board, BCCI, thanked Kohli for his “admirable leadership qualities which took the Test team to unprecedented heights”.

Kohli, 33, relinquished the Twenty20 captaincy in September and he was replaced as skipper of One-Day International (ODI) in December, with fly-half Rohit Sharma taking over in both formats.

One of the main highlights of his captaincy was India’s first win in the Australia Test series in 2018-19 and leading the country to the final of the first Test World Championship in England of the year. last – where they lost to New Zealand.

The announcement comes shortly after India were embroiled in on-field controversy over a decision overturned in their third Test loss to South Africa.

Kohli and two team-mates were caught on the stump mic complaining after hometown captain Dean Elgar survived scrutiny after receiving the leg before the wicket at a crucial stage on the third afternoon.

Match referee Andy Pycroft and the International Cricket Council have yet to say whether any disciplinary action will be taken against Kohli, KL Rahul and R Ashwin for their roles in the incident.

Kohli is part of the ODI squad, led by Rahul in the absence of injured Sharma, who will play three matches in South Africa from January 19.


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