Wasim Jaffer and Virat Kohli. Photo- Twitter
Wasim Jaffer and Virat Kohli. Photo- Twitter

Virat Kohli dropped a bombshell on January 15, as he stepped down as India’s Test captain in an announcement posted on his social media handles. With his decision, his 7-year captaincy reign came to an end and former India opener Wasim Jaffer picked the highest point of Kohli’s captaincy tenure.

The decision was announced after India’s 2-1 drubbing in the Test series against South Africa, which many felt was a chance missed by the Asian giants against a comparatively inexperienced Proteas squad. The announcement came as a shock to both active and present cricketers, the fans, who took to social media to thank Kohli for his services.

Wasim Jaffer lauded Virat Kohli for his leadership qualities in a video posted on his YouTube channel and picked out his ‘highest point as captain’.

Virat Kohli -Most Wins By A Captain In Test Cricket
Virat Kohli. Image Credits: Twitter

“He has done immensely well as a captain. He led from the front and he is one of those guys who takes on challenges head on and there’s no doubt that he did take a lot of challenges. The way he has led India in all three formats has been commendable. Even though we keep saying that he hasn’t won a ICC trophy, other than that he has a great record as a leader, whether it’s at home where he hasn’t lost any series as a captain, he lost only two Test matches. Away from home he has got tremendous success,” said Jaffer.

“As a white-ball captain he won T20 trophies in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Beating Australia in Australia was the icing on the cake for him as a leader. I think no sub-continent team has gone to Australia and beaten Australia. It was probably the highest point as a captain,” he added.

Wasim Jaffer Credits Virat Kohli For Indian Team’s Fitness And Fast Bowling Department

Virat Kohli ends his captaincy tenure in the Test arena with 40 wins in 68 matches, making him the most successful captain ever, putting him ahead of the likes of MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly. However, Jaffer credited Kohli for raising the fitness standards of the Indian team. Furthermore, Jaffer lauded Kohli for giving the Indian team a potent fast bowling department that is successful on any kind of pitch and conditions.

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“The kind of culture he has brought to the Indian team and the fast-bowling firepower that India has become under him is tremendous, something which India never had. Now we’ve got such a high quality bowling attack and I think India has definitely got one of the best bowling attacks going around whether it’s seaming conditions or spinning conditions,” Jaffer said.

Jaffer further said that Rohit Sharma is the logical choice for Test captaincy at the moment but the selectors would need to prepare others in 2-3 years’ time. He put forth names of KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and even Shreyas Iyer as potential captains in the future.

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