Kohli resigns as captain of India

Virat Kohli stepped down as captain of the Indian test, following the team’s 2–1 series loss to South Africa.

The 33-year-old, who has led the country in red ball cricket since his predecessor MS Dhoni quit mid-series in India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15, broke the news with an emotional social media post.

“Everything has to stop at some point and for me as India’s test captain it is now,” Kohli wrote.

“There have been many ups and downs along the journey, but there has never been a lack of effort or a lack of faith.

“I’ve 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 with my team.”

Kohli had already stepped down as captain of India’s ODI and T20I teams at the end of 2021, with Rohit Sharma taking over.

Vice-captain KL Rahul, who led India in Kohli’s absence in the second test of the series, is the favorite to become full-time test captain.

The explosive news follows a rancorous end to India’s tour of South Africa, in which the players, led by Kohli, raged over a controversial BPN against Proteas captain Dean Elgar, which saw the DRS shockingly overturn the decision in the field outside.

Kohli directly attacked host broadcaster SuperSport through the stump mics immediately after. “Focus on your team as they shine the ball. Not just the opposition,” he said.

“Try to catch the opposition all the time.”

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The ICC is still determining what sanction they will give Kohli and his team.

The star batsman’s resignation comes after leading India for 68 Tests, the most by an Indian and the sixth most in history.

By winning 40 of those tests, his winning percentage of 58.82% was second only to Australian greats Steve Waugh (71.92%) and Ricky Ponting (62.33%) among the top 30 skippers. His 40 wins in charge is behind only South Africa’s Graeme Smith (53) and Ponting again (48).

He was also captain in 95 ODIs, winning 70 of them. Only Ponting and another South African, Hansie Cronje, led more times with a better success rate.

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His 50 ODIs in charge is the seventh most, while only Dhoni, England’s Eoin Morgan and Afghan Asghar Stanikzai have won more matches than Kohli’s 30.

Kohli also became the first Indian to lead the country to a Test series victory in India in 2018-19, the highest point of his captaincy; although he was absent for much of the repeat dose in 2020-21, with Ajinkya Rahane taking the reins.

Despite that, Kohli’s tenure will be remembered for a series of near misses to claim the coveted ICC silver medal at world tournaments.

He oversaw Indian losses in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Final and World Test Championship Final, to Pakistan and New Zealand respectively, while the Black Caps also inflicted a huge upset on India in the 2019 ODI World Cup semi-finals. . .

The 2021 T20 World Cup was even worse; Heading in as one of the tournament favourites, India failed to clear the group stage.

Kohli thanked the Cricket Board of Control in India for “the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time”, while praising the litany of players he has led.

“To all the teammates who embraced the vision I had for the team from day one and never gave up on any situation… you have made this journey so memorable and beautiful,” Kohli wrote.

To Ravi Bhai [former coach Ravi Shastri] and the support group that was the engine behind this vehicle that moved us up Test Cricket consistently, all of you have played a critical role in making this vision a reality.

“Lastly, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a captain and found me to be a capable person who could carry Indian Cricket forward.”

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