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Former Indian cricketer Madan Lal was quite surprised at Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as the Test captain of the Indian cricket team.

Kohli made it clear that the South Africa series was his last and he will be relinquishing captaincy duties in the longest format of the game as well. He already gave up T20I captaincy duties in September 2021 before being removed as the ODI captain.

These decisions are personal decisions whatever he has taken but his achievements will always be with him because he is the most successful captain – the fourth most successful in the world. But I am a little surprised because it did not seem that he was going to quit captaincy the way he was captaining.

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He was a passionate captain, a captain who always wanted to win. So, when we see such things on TV, then we feel that he is enjoying Test captaincy but suddenly he has dropped a bomb and has taken everyone by surprise,” Lal was quoted as saying by ANI.

“The entire credit goes to Virat Kohli” – Madan Lal on India’s rise in Tests

When Virat Kohli took over the captaincy reins in Tests back in the 2014-15 Australian Tour, the Indian team winning overseas tours were seen as a rarity. Now, they go in as favourites anywhere they travel purely due to the bowling attack they possess.

I wanted him to continue to captain India more because this Kohli has built this Indian team. We became number one in Test cricket. He has also built a strong unit of pace bowlers. Today India’s pace-battery is world-renowned and it has happened because of his achievements.

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When you win Test matches, then it becomes reflective on ODIs and T20Is. So this guy has done everything. As a captain, he found out the weak points and strengthened them to make India a strong team. So the entire credit goes to Kohli,” Lal further added.

Kohli ends his captaincy stint as the most successful Indian Test captain with 40 wins and 17 losses in 68 matches.

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