Virat Kohli steps down as Indian team’s test captain: full statement | Cricket News


Virat Kohli has resigned as India’s Test captain. He announced the decision on his social media accounts just a day after India lost the Test series to South Africa after their third Test defeat in Cape Town. The move also comes just a month after BCCI coaches decided to drop him as the team’s captain at the one-day internationals. Kohli himself had decided to step down as T20I captain at the end of India’s ICC T20 World Cup campaign.

Here is his full statement:

“It has been 7 years of daily hard work, toil and relentless perseverance to take the team in the right direction. I did the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything has to stop at some point and for me as India’s test captain, it’s now.There were a lot of ups and also downs along the journey but there was no never was there a lack of effort or a lack of conviction. I always believed in giving my 120% in everything. I do it, and if I can’t do it, I know it’s not “It’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I can’t be dishonest to my team.

“I would like to thank BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long time and, more importantly, to all the teammates who have embraced the vision I had for the team from the very beginning. first day and who never gave up. situation. You have made this trip so memorable and beautiful. To Ravi bhai and the support group who have been the driving force behind this vehicle that has constantly moved us forward in Test cricket, you have all played a major role in bringing this vision to fruition. Finally, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as captain and found me to be a capable person who could take Indian Cricket forward.”

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