Virat Kohli shocked the Indian cricket fraternity and fans by announcing his decision to step down as India’s Test captain on Saturday (January 15). He announced his decision to retire a day after India lost the Test series against South Africa. Reports have it that Kohli spoke to his teammates about the decision 24 hours before he made the announcement public.
Meanwhile, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has reacted to Virat Kohli’s decision to quit Test captaincy. Taking to Twitter, he congratulated Kohli for a glorious career as India’s Test captain.
Congratulations on a successful stint as a captain, @imVkohli.
You always gave 100% for the team and you always will. Wishing you all the very best for the future. pic.twitter.com/CqOWtx2mQ7
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 15, 2022
“Congratulations on a successful stint as a captain, @imVkohli. You always gave 100% for the team and you always will. Wishing you all the very best for the future,” tweeted Sachin Tendulkar.
Kohli shared a post on Twitter at 6.44 pm on Saturday to announce his decision to step down as India’s Test captain. He led India in 68 Tests and won 40 of them.
I Have Absolute Clarity In My Heart: Virat Kohli On Quitting Test Captaincy
“It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil, and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. 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 never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have 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 to my team.”
“I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision I bad for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey so memorable and beautiful. To Ravi Bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that moved us upwards in Test Cricket consistently, you all have played a massive role in bringing this vision to life. Lastly, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a Captain and found me to be an able individual who could take Indian Cricket forward,” Kohli said in his statement.
He also held the record for scoring the most hundreds (20) for any Indian Test captain. Under him, India reached the finals of the World Test Championship and retained the number one spot in ICC rankings for multiple years.