15th January is no less than a disaster to India Cricket and its fans as the favourite of all, Virat Kohli has stepped down from Test captaincy.
The retirement with an immediate effect came after a series loss versus South Africa by 2-1. SA won the series overpowering the guests at Cape Town in the final Test by 7 wickets. Moreover, it is considered that the DRS controversy has forced Kohli to give up on the role.
In recent times, he stepped down as the T20I captain as the T20 World Cup 2021 served as the last assignment as the format’s captain. In December 2021, the Board of control of Cricket in India (BCCI) sacked him as an ODI skipper naming Rohit Sharma as his successor in limited-over cricket.
It must be noted that Kohli wished to lead the men in blue in ODI and Test Cricket, however, the BCCI selectors did not find it appropriate to have separate skippers for limited-over formats. It created a whole controversy named BCCI vs Kohli.
He took it to Twitter to announce that anything does not last forever, so his red-ball captainship comes to an end as well.
“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. There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 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 I cannot be dishonest to my team.
“I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision I had for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey so memorable and beautiful. To Ravi Bhai [Shastri] and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that moved us upwards in Test cricket consistently, you all have played a massive role in bringing this vision to life. Lastly, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a captain and found me to be an able individual who could take Indian cricket forward.”
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 15, 2022
India’s next Test task is to meet Sri Lanka in a two-match series. However, Kohli will no more act as a skipper but as a regular player.
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