Virat Kohli took to social media to announce his decision to step down as Indian men’s Test captain today evening.
The announcement comes just within 24 hours of India
Virat has led Indian in whites in 68 matches of which India won 40, lost 17 and drawn 11.
“It has been seven years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honest and left nothing out there. 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 never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 120 per cent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s the night the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team,” reads Virat’s note on Social media.
“I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision I had for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey so memorable and beautiful. To Ravi Bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that moved us upwards in Test Cricket consistently, you all have played a massive role in bringing this vision to life. Lastly, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a Captain and found me to be an able individual who could take Indian Cricket forward,” he adds.