Virat Kohli announced his decision to step down from the Test captaincy on Saturday. Kohli made this decision against South Africa in the Test series against Team India in the hands of South Africa 2-. After the defeat, Liya Kohli (Virat Kohli) told people through social media about leaving the captaincy.
With this, Kohli has left the captaincy of all three formats within the last three months. He left the captaincy of the T20 format after the T20 World Cup. After this, the captaincy of ODIs was taken back from him ahead of the series against South Africa. Now Virat Kohli has also left the captaincy of the Test. However, he will continue to play regularly in all three formats as a player.
Dhoni and Ravi Shastri praised
Kohli wrote 23-line notes to resign on social media. Only two people are mentioned in this long note. In the last four lines, he has named only Mahendra Singh Dhoni among the players and only Ravi Shastri in the coach. He has worked under three coaches as captain. Apart from Shastri, it includes Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. Kohli’s controversy with Kumble was very much discussed. After which Kumble resigned from the post of coach. At the same time, Dravid has recently become the head coach.
Leaving the captaincy, Kohli wrote – I have worked hard to take Team India in the right direction till seven. I did my work sincerely and left nothing. All things come and stop at a time. Now is the time for me to stop as Test captain.
I have always tried to give 120 percent on the field
He wrote – In this journey, I had many good moments and bad moments too, but I never gave up on my efforts and did not stop believing in the team. I have always tried to give 120 percent on the field. If I am not able to do this then I think it is not the right thing to do. I have a pure heart and I can never do bad to my team.
Kohli wrote – I also want to thank Ravi Shastri and the rest of the support group. They were always the engines of the top car (Team India) in the test. You all have played an important role in this journey and in fulfilling my vision. In the end, I would like to say thank you to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He saw a captain in me and put his faith in me that I have the ability to take Indian cricket forward.
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Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain
Virat Kohli became the Test captain after the retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the Australia tour in 2014. He is the most successful captain of Team India in Tests. Under his captaincy, the Indian team played 68 test matches. Out of this, the team has won 40. The team had to face defeat in 17 matches and 11 Tests were drawn. MS Dhoni is at number two, who captained in 60 Tests and out of this, Team India won 27 matches. India lost 18 and 15 Tests were drawn.
Comparing Test captains around the world, Virat Kohli is at number six in terms of captaining the most matches. Only South Africa’s Graeme Smith, Australia’s Allan Border, New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming, Australia’s Ricky Ponting, and West Indies’ Clive Lloyd are ahead of them.