Virat Kohli’s sudden decision of resigning from Test captaincy might have given a shock to the cricket world, reportedly his teammates were informed about it a day prior to the announcement. Kohli took to his social media accounts to share the news.
Kohli started by leaving the T20I captaincy announcement ahead of the T20I World Cup. Then he was replaced by Rohit Sharma in the One Day International. He was holding the position of the Test captaincy till the end of South Africa series that he decided to leave on Saturday. There are a lot of speculations regarding the reason behind his sudden call. Fans are discussing his relationship with the BCCI that went downhill in recent times. But whatever the reason was, statistically the most successful Test captain of Indian cricket team officially ended his tenure of seven long years.
In his statement, Kohli wrote, “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 there has never been lack of effort or lack of belief.” He added, “I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity t lead my country for such a long period of time and mor importantly to all the teammates who bought into th vision I had for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey s memorable and beautiful.”
He thanked Ravi Shastri and MS Dhoni who had been influential in this journey. The news came a day after India lost the Test series to South Africa. Kohli who always backed his teammates in every situation, be it a nasty attack on Mohammed Shami or selection question of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara had informed his team one day ahead of announcing the news to the world.
After the news broke, his teammates also took to the social media to pay tribute to India’s most successful Test captain. They thanked him for throughout support, congratulated him for the stint.
— K L Rahul (@klrahul) January 15, 2022
Integrity, insight and inclusivity.
Your contribution to the team as captain is invaluable, you’ve been a great leader to this side. It’s been a pleasure playing under you.🙌 pic.twitter.com/K5iwPIuplZ
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 15, 2022
Congrats on a fantastic captaincy stint Virat 👏👏. Lots of special memories. Wishing you the best always! pic.twitter.com/6oreJ9EFjd
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) January 16, 2022
The epitome of leadership
The man who galvanised a team to win overseas
Congratulations on a brilliant run as Team India captain
Looking forward to more from you with the bat – Go well Virat @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/qstBedwgnF
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) January 15, 2022
Congratulations on taking the Indian team all the way to the top! Been a pleasure playing under your leadership, Virat ! 👊 @imVkohli
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 15, 2022
Virat, you can go with your head held high. Few have achieved what you have as captain. Definitely India's most aggressive and successful. Sad day for me personally as this is the team 🇮🇳 we built together – @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/lQC3LvekOf
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 15, 2022
Congratulations on a successful stint as a captain, @imVkohli.
You always gave 100% for the team and you always will. Wishing you all the very best for the future. pic.twitter.com/CqOWtx2mQ7
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 15, 2022