India captain Virat Kohli dropped a bombshell on Saturday and stepped down as India Test captain. Kohli has been one of India’s greatest Test captains and he could have easily led India for another few years. The fans and experts didn’t anticipate this and Kohli’s sudden decision left them shellshocked.
Earlier, Kohli had stepped down as India T20 captain and later was removed by the BCCI as ODI captain. Many believe that he was disappointed by BCCI’s behaviour thus decided to step down. Another theory sugged that lack of runs could also be the reason for his decision to relinquish captaincy. Add to that the series defeat in South Africa. Whatever the reason may be, Kohli’s call was a massive jolt to the cricket fraternity.
Here are the reactions:
Congratulations @imVkohli on a stunning run as the Indian captain. You can be very proud of what you have achieved so far, and for sure, your name will be up there among the best leaders in world cricket 👏 https://t.co/DieCKL4bhE
— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) January 15, 2022
BREAKING: After seven years at the helm, Virat Kohli has stepped down as India’s Test captain. pic.twitter.com/0aZzSUvEYq
— ICC (@ICC) January 15, 2022
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 15, 2022
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) January 15, 2022
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) January 15, 2022
When Virat took over as Test captain, India winning a test overseas was an achievement, now if India lose an overseas test series it is an upset. And that's how far he has taken Indian cricket forward, and that will be his legacy. Congratulations on successful reign @imVkohli 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/My2MOXNwMc
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 15, 2022
Congratulations to @imVkohli on a tremendous tenure as #TeamIndia captain. Virat turned the team into a ruthless fit unit that performed admirably both in India and away. The Test wins in Australia & England have been special. https://t.co/9Usle3MbbQ
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) January 15, 2022
Many Congratulations #ViratKohli on an outstanding career as India's Test Captain. Stats don't lie & he was not only the most successful Indian Test Captain but one of the most successful in the world. Can be very proud @imVkohli & looking forward to watch u dominate with the bat
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 15, 2022
@imVkohli created Habits which turned into a culture. With courage,character passion & aggression, You led this indian Test cricket team to great heights. Today's decision is a shocker!!
Wishing you all the very best for the rest of your international career. #No1forever 💯💔 pic.twitter.com/NhcdsQOfwY
— R SRIDHAR (@coach_rsridhar) January 15, 2022
Although I also am shocked by @imVkohli sudden decision, I respect his call. I can only applaud him for what he has done for world cricket & India. Easily one of the most aggressive and fittest players India has had. Hope he’d continue to shine for India as a player. pic.twitter.com/W9hJGAYqhv
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 15, 2022
In terms of stats, Kohli was the most successful India skipper. Under his captaincy, India won 40 out of 68 Test match wins, with the winning percentage being 58.82. He also led India to twin series win in Australia and gave India a 2-1 lead in England, with one match to go that’ll be played in July this year. He also led India to No 1 in Test rankings.