Virat Kohli steps down as India Test cricket captain after 68 matches since 2014

Indian cricket superstar Virat Kohli will no longer be the test cricket captain of his nation.

Fresh off a series loss in South Africa, Kohli made his announcement on social media.

“Has been [seven] years of hard work, effort and tireless perseverance every day to lead the team in the right direction,” he wrote.

“Everything has to stop at some point and for me, as India’s test captain, it’s now.”

Despite stepping down as captain, Kohli is expected to remain on the side as a senior batsman.

Kohli first captained the Test team in 2014 in the series opening Test against Australia in Adelaide, a match remembered as the first after the death of opening batsman Philip Hughes.

He scored a century in both innings of the game, which Australia ultimately won by 48 runs.


Assumed captaincy of MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni returned as captain for the next two test matches of the series before Kohli took over full-time ahead of the final test.

After that, he became the most successful test captain in India.

Kohli led his nation in 68 Test matches, the most of any player from India.

As captain he won 40 games, lost 17 and drew 11.

He led India to its first Test series victory in Australia in 2018-19.

“There have been many ups and downs along the journey, but there has never been a lack of effort or a lack of faith,” he wrote.

Kohli said he knew the time was right to step down as captain, as he could no longer give “120 percent.”

He also praised his predecessor, who he said showed faith in him from the start.

The 33-year-old has played a total of 99 Tests since making his debut in 2011.


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