Cricket: Virat Kohli steps down as India Test captain Cricket News

Kohli led the team to 68 games and won 40 of them, making him India’s most successful Test captain.

Virat Kohli resigned as India Test captain after seven years in the role.

Kohli led the team to 68 games and won 40 of them, making him India’s most successful Test captain.

He announced the decision on Saturday following India’s 2-1 loss to South Africa’s Test series.

“Everything has to stop at some stage and for me as the Test captain for India, it’s now… I’ve always believed in everything I do to give my 120 per cent, if I Can’t do it, I know it’s not the right thing to do,” Kohli said in a post on Twitter. “My heart is very clear that I cannot be dishonest to my team.”

The Indian Cricket Board BCCI thanked Kohli for his “admirable leadership qualities that have taken the Test team to unprecedented heights”.

Kohli, 33, gave up the Twenty20 captaincy in September and was replaced as One-Day International (ODI) captain in December, with opener Rohit Sharma taking over both formats.

One of his key highlights as captain included India’s maiden Test series victory in Australia in 2018-19, and leading the country to last year’s first World Test Championship final in England – where they lost to New Zealand.

The announcement comes shortly after India was embroiled in a live controversy

Kohli and two teammates were whined by stump microphones after home captain Dean Elgar survived a wicket in the crucial stage of the third afternoon.

Match referee Andy Peecroft and the International Cricket Council have yet to say whether any disciplinary action will be taken against Kohli, KL Rahul and R Ashwin for their roles in the incident.

Kohli is part of the ODI team, led by Rahul in the absence of the injured Sharma, which will play three matches in South Africa from January 19.

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