File photo of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.© AFP
Virat Kohli stunned the world on Saturday by announcing that he is stepping down as the Test captain of the Indian cricket team. Kohli’s decision to step down from Test captaincy came just a day after India’s Test series loss to South Africa. Although his announcement was not made during a Test series like MS Dhoni did, it all still resembled Dhoni’s blunder in Australia in 2014. In his statement which he posted on his social media handle, Kohli thanked the BCCI and former India coach Ravi Shastri but also penned a message for his predecessor MS Dhoni.
“I would like to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for so long and more importantly all those teammates who bought into the vision I had for the team from day one. And never give up. Situation. You guys have made this journey so memorable and beautiful. To Ravi bhai and the support group who were the engines behind this vehicle that constantly took us upwards in Test cricket, you Everyone has played a big part in bringing this vision to life,” Kohli’s statement read.
In the last line of his statement, Kohli thanked Dhoni for believing in his leadership skills.
The 33-year-old wrote, “Finally, a big thank you to MS Dhoni, who believed in me as a captain and found me to be a capable person who can take Indian cricket forward.”
In September this year, Kohli had announced that he was stepping down as India’s T20 captain – his decision comes after India’s premature exit from the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The Indian board then decided to replace him with Rohit Sharma as the ODI captain.
Kohli ended his captaincy tenure as India’s most successful leader in the longest format of the game. He captained India in 68 Tests, leading the team to 40 wins with only 11 losses.
In fact, Kohli is one of the most successful captains in the history of Test cricket. Only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh have won more matches as captain in Test cricket than Kohli.
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