On Saturday, Virat Kohli announced that he no longer will be the captain of the Indian Test team. His decision took the entire cricketing fraternity and his fans by surprise as no one saw it coming. Also, it happened just a day after India lost the Test series against South Africa.
Several former and current cricketers took to Twitter to congratulate Kohli on his journey. Kohli captained India in 68 Test matches, winning 40 and losing 17. He finished as the captain to win the most number of Test matches for the Indian team. He became the first Indian captain to win four overseas Tests in a year and went on to achieve this feat twice.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly termed Kohli’s decision as personal and mentioned that BCCI supports his decision. He lauded Kohli’s efforts as the captain of the Test side. Ganguly further added that Kohli would now take the team to newer heights through his batting.
“Under Virats leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game ..his decision is a personal one and bcci respects it immensely ..he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player.well done ..@BCCI @imVkohli,” Ganguly said in his tweet.
Notably Ganguly and Kohli were not on same terms before the South Africa series. Post sacking Kohli, Ganguly had said that he had asked Kohli to stay as T20I captain as BCCI doesn’t want split captaincy in limited overs cricket. However, Kohli had contradicted the claims before departing for South Africa.
Under Virats leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game ..his decision is a personal one and bcci respects it immensely ..he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future.A great player.well done ..@BCCI @imVkohli
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) January 15, 2022
In his Tweet, Kohli thanked BCCI for allowing him to lead the team. Kohli mentioned that he worked for seven long years to take the team in the right direction. India was ranked seventh when Kohli took the lead. At the end of his Test reign, India is the number one team in the rankings. Kohli further thanked former head coach Ravi Shastri and captain MS Dhoni.