KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

Virat Kohli’s sudden decision to step down from Test captaincy role has shocked his fans and the entire cricket world.

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 -Inxdia
Virat Kohli. Image Credits: Twitter

There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey: Virat Kohli

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.

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 there has never been a lack of effort or lack of belief,” Kohli issued a statement on his official Twitter handle.

Kohli succeeded MS Dhoni in Test captaincy 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.

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul main options before the selectors for India’s new Test captain

KL Rahul, who led India in the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, could be considered to succeed Kohli although white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma will be the front-runner.

KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma is the front runner to be the test captain but sources say selectors could have a fresh discussion on India’s new Test captain. KL Rahul being the other name. As per the process, a designated vice-captain would become the next captain but selectors could debate all formats of captaincy being a burden for one individual and go for a separate captain in Tests,” a source told Times Now.

Indian selectors have enough time to decide the next Test captain of India as their next Test series against Sri Lanka at home will be held in February end.

Rohit Sharma Remains Front-Runner To Become India's Next Test Captain, Selectors To Also Consider KL Rahul As Potential Candidate- Reports

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