Indian cricketer Virat Kohli confirmed that he has stepped down as the captain of the Test team as well, just months after he gave up the captaincy in the T20I format and was removed as the ODI captain.
He goes out as the most successful Indian Test captain with 40 wins in 68 matches including 17 defeats (14 overseas) and 11 draws. Kohli changed the landscape of Indian cricket in Tests, building a formidable pace attack and backing them to the hilt.
Alongside Ravi Shastri, he took the Indian team to the top of the rankings, laying claim to the ICC Test Mace for five years in a row before New Zealand toppled them. Upon his resignation, Shastri shared a heartfelt note.
Here’s Ravi Shastri’s message for outgoing test captain Virat Kohli:
“Virat, you can go with your head held high. Few have achieved what you have as captain. Definitely India’s most aggressive and successful. Sad day for me personally as this is the team 🇮🇳 we built together [email protected]“
Virat, you can go with your head held high. Few have achieved what you have as captain. Definitely India's most aggressive and successful. Sad day for me personally as this is the team 🇮🇳 we built together – @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/lQC3LvekOf
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 15, 2022
Under Kohli’s captaincy, India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia 2-1, and leads England by a 2-1 margin in their own backyard. Prior to Kohli’s captaincy, winning on overseas soil was termed as an achievement.
Following the conclusion of his tenure, an overseas loss is seen as an upset. This was proved by the most recent 1-2 loss to South Africa, where India went in as favorites but was outplayed by the hosts.