Virat Kohli steps down as India’s Test Captain; A look back at the star’s tremendous journey

Indian cricket star Virat Kohli decided to quit as team India’s Test captain, the decision has been announced by Kohli himself on Twitter. The announcement came just a day after India lost the Test series against South Africa after their loss in the third Test in Cape Town. 

The decision to retire as the national team’s captain for the longest format of the game stunned everyone as Kohli has been regarded as the most successful Test Captain of India. The decision also comes just a month after the BCCI selectors decided to remove him as captain of the team in one-day internationals. 

Earlier in September 2021, the cricketer decided to step down from captaincy in T20Is at the end of India’s campaign in the ICC T20 World Cup. Months after his announcement, fans across the world are shocked to hear another announcement by Kohli. 

“It has been 7 years of hard work, toil, and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction. I have 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 had 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”- the Facebook post by Virat Kohli read.

Here’s a look at his record as team India’s Test captain:

Virat Kohli’s name will be remembered forever despite his retirement as team India captain. Kohli officially took charge as the captain of the Indian Test team in 2015 after MS Dhoni decided to call time on his Test career. So far, the cricketer Kohli has captained the national team in 68 Test matches. Under his captaincy, team India has won 40 matches and lost 17. He is regarded as India’s most successful Test captain in International cricket. 

Under Kohli’s supervision, India won all the home series they played and overthrew some of the toughest teams in world cricket. Kohli who made his Test debut in 2011 reached the number one spot in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in 201. He has won Man of the Tournament twice at the ICC World Twenty20(in 2014 and 2016). He also holds the world record of being the fastest to 23,000 international runs.

Moreover, Team India’s hard-fought win in the series opener at Centurion made Virat Kohli the only Indian Test captain to win a Test match against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Centurion’s win was the seventh under Kohli in 23 Tests (Lost 13 and drawn 3) the most by an Asian Captain in SENA countries. In overseas Tests, Kohli has won 16 out of 36 Tests.

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When Kohli’s victories over other countries are taken, the case of the match with South Africa has to be mentioned. With the victory against South Africa, Virat became only the first Asian cricketer to lead his team to two wins in Boxing Day Test matches. The 33-year-old has led India to two Test match victories against South Africa, he’s the only Indian captain to achieve this feat. Previously, India won a Test match in the rainbow nation under Kohli’s captaincy back in 2018. India now needs just one more win, to win a maiden Test series on South African soil.