Sharing a post on Twitter, Virat Kohli has announced to leave the captaincy of the Test team. He left the captaincy of the T20 team just before the T20 World Cup, while he was removed from the captaincy of the ODI team. He announced this on Twitter the day after the loss in the Test series against South Africa.
Kohli wrote on Twitter, ‘I tried to take the team in the right direction with seven years of hard work, and struggle. I have done my work with complete honesty. And I left no stone unturned. Everything has to stop at some point. And this is the time for me to step down from the Test captaincy of India.
He wrote, ‘There have been many ups and downs in this journey, but my efforts and faith have never waned.’ On Virat’s tweet, BCCI has thanked his contribution to Indian cricket. The board tweeted, ‘BCCI congratulates Team India Captain Virat Kohli for his inspiring leadership ability which has taken the team to greater heights. He captained India in 68 Test matches, out of which Team India won 40.
Kohli had left the captaincy of the T20 team before the T20 World Cup. After this he was removed from the captaincy of the ODI team, after which there was a lot of controversy. There was a dispute between the selectors and Virat Kohli after Kohli was removed from the captaincy of the ODI format.
Kohli further wrote in his message, ‘I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything and if I cannot do that then I know it is not the right thing to do. I need to have complete clarity in my heart and I can’t be dishonest with the team.
Kohli wrote, ‘I want to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to captain the team for so long. More than this, I would like to thank the teammates who embraced my vision that I carried with this team from day one and never gave up under any circumstances.
Kohli made his Test captaincy debut in 2014 against Australia. Since then he was the captain of the Indian team. The Cape Town Test against South Africa was the last match of his captaincy in which India lost by seven wickets.
Kohli’s captaincy journey will only be called successful. Under his captaincy, the team became the number one Test team in the world. The Indian team consistently performed well on overseas tours under the captaincy of Kohli. The Indian team reached the final of the first Test Championship in 2021. In terms of statistics, he is India’s most successful Test captain. Under Kohli’s captaincy, India became the first Asian country to win a Test series in Australia.
Praising his fellow players, Kohli wrote, ‘You guys have made my journey very memorable and beautiful. Thanks to Ravi bhai and the support staff who have been the engine of this vehicle, which continues to go up in Test cricket, you all have contributed a lot in creating this vision of life. And lastly thanks to Mahendra Singh Dhoni who trusted me as a captain and saw in me a player who can take Indian cricket forward.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah also thanked Virat. In a BCCI press release, Jay Shah wrote, “Many congratulations to Virat Kohli on a wonderful stint as the captain of the Indian team. Virat turned this team into a very fit team which performed very well both in India and abroad. Test wins in Australia and England are special.