Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that Virat Kohli has left a great legacy for his successor after the latter recently opted to quit Test captaincy of the Indian team.
On Saturday, Kohli announced on his official Twitter handle to step down as India’s Test captain just a day after his side lost the Test series 1-2 against South Africa.
Virat Kohli has won 40 Test matches as India’s captain
Kohli took over the reins from MS Dhoni in Test cricket after the latter retired from the red-ball format at the end of 2014. Kohli stood as India’s captain in 68 Test matches and won 40 of them, the best record for any Indian skipper.
Under the leadership of Kohli, India won their first-ever Test series in Australia when they defeated them 2-1 in the 2018/19 Border Gavaskar series.
The team’s approach of playing overseas Test matches transfigured as they developed a winning and fighting attitude under Kohli’s tenure as the captain of the team.
Have left behind for your successor: Ravichandran Ashwin remarks on Virat Kohli’s captaincy
Ashwin, who has been a long-time teammate with the Delhi player, quoted the biggest takeaway from Kohli’s stint in his seven years of Indian cricket team as their Test skipper.
“Have left behind for your successor and that’s my biggest takeaway from your stint as captain. “We must leave a place at such an altitude that the future can only take it higher from there on,” Ashwin wrote on his Twitter handle.
Kohli stepped down from the T20I captaincy role after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup in November last year.
Just ahead of the South Africa tour, he was replaced with Rohit Sharma as the ODI captain as the selectors didn’t want two white-ball captains for India.
Reports have suggested that white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma and his deputy KL Rahul will be the top contenders to become India’s new Test captain.