Virat Kohli He confirmed on Saturday (Jan 15) that he has resigned as the captain of the India Test team. The 33-year-old had earlier resigned as India’s T20I captain after the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and was subsequently removed from the ODI captaincy ahead of the South African tour.
“After 7 years of hard work, hard work and perseverance every day to lead the team in the right direction. I did this with absolute honesty and left nothing behind,” Kohli said in a statement posted on his social media account.
“Everything has to stop at some stage and for me as India Test captain it is now. There have been many ups and downs along the way but never a lack of effort or a lack of conviction. I have always believed in everything I did. Pay 120% for everything, and if I can’t do it, I know it’s not the right thing to do.
“I know very well in my heart that I cannot be dishonest to my team. I would like to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for so long and more importantly to all my teammates who accepted me from day one The vision of the team and never gave up under any circumstances. You guys made this journey so memorable and beautiful,” He added.
Kohli also thanked former India head coach ravishastri and world cup champion captain Ms Dorney in his statement.
“To Ravi Bhai and the support team, they were the engine behind this car that kept us going up in Test Cricket, and you all played a big role in making this vision a reality. Finally, a big thank you to MS Dhoni, who believed I was captain and found me to be a capable man to take Indian cricket forward.”
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 15, 2022
This Board of Control for Cricket of India (BCCI) Quickly tweeted a statement thanking Kohli for his service.
“BCCI congratulates #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli for his admirable leadership in taking the Test team to unprecedented heights. He has led Team India to 68 matches and is the most successful captain with 40 wins.”
BCCI congratulations #indianteam team leader @imVkohli Because his admirable leadership has taken the Test team to unprecedented heights. He led the Indian team to 68 games and became the most successful captain with 40 wins. https://t.co/oRV3sgPQ2G
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 2022