Virat Kohli has resigned as captain of the Indian Test team, he confirmed on Saturday (Jan 15). The 33-year-old had earlier stepped down as India’s T20I skipper after the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and was subsequently removed from the ODI captaincy ahead of the South Africa tour.
“It has been 7 years of hard work, effort and tireless perseverance every day to lead the team in the right direction. I have done the work with absolute honesty and I have not left anything lying around.” Kohli said in the statement posted on his social media accounts.
“Everything has stopped at some point and for me as the test captain of India it is now. There have been many ups and downs along the journey, but there has never been a lack of effort or a lack of faith. I’ve always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do it, I know it’s not the right thing to do.
“I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest with my team. I want to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time, and more importantly, all the teammates who embraced the vision I had for the team from day one and never gave up. They gave up on any situation. You guys have made this trip so memorable and beautiful.” he added.
Kohli also thanked the former India head coach Ravi Shastri and World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni in your statement.
“For Ravi Bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that steadily moved us up Test Cricket, you have all played a critical role in making this vision a reality. Lastly, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a Captain and found me to be a capable person who could carry Indian Cricket forward.”
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 15, 2022
the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was quick to post a statement on Twitter thanking Kohli for his services.
“BCCI congratulates #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli for his admirable leadership qualities that took the test team to unprecedented heights. He led India in 68 matches and has been the most successful captain with 40 wins.
BCCI congratulates #TeamIndia captain @imvkohli for his admirable leadership qualities that took the test team to unprecedented heights. He led India in 68 matches and has been the most successful captain with 40 wins. https://t.co/oRV3sgPQ2G
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 2022