Kohli, who first captained India on the Adelaide Test in 2014 against Australia, was appointed to the complete-time function after MS Dhoni introduced his retirement from the format forward of the fourth Test at Sydney in January 2015. It additionally signifies that the Cape Town Test was the final match of Kohli as India captain.
“It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I’ve 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,” mentioned Kohli in his assertion posted on his social media accounts on Saturday.
Kohli stepped down from Test captaincy as essentially the most profitable skipper within the longest format of the sport for India and fourth total. Under his time as the captain, India performed 68 Tests, profitable 40, losing 17 and drawing 11 matches, having a win proportion of 58.82 whereas registering memorable wins in abroad and residential circumstances.
“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,” added Kohli.
The most notable victories from the time below Kohli would be the 2018/19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy win, the place India gained a Test series in Australia for the primary time and main 2-1 in England within the 2021 series aside from reaching the World Test Championship (WTC) closing at Southampton in the identical 12 months. He additionally took the Indian crew to the primary rating in Tests aside from overseeing the event of the tempo-assault reaching a world-class degree and health being given prime significance.
“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,” concluded the 33-12 months-previous Kohli.
In September 2021, Kohli had introduced that he could be leaving the T20I captaincy after the Men’s T20 World Cup within the UAE. He had additionally stepped down as the captain of IPL aspect Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the completion of the second half of the event within the UAE. Two months later, in December, Kohli was changed by Rohit Sharma as the ODI captain.
It will likely be attention-grabbing to see who turns into the following Test captain of India. The crew’s subsequent Test project will likely be against Sri Lanka in a two-match series at dwelling in February-March.