Virat Kohli steps down from India Testcricket captain after 68 matches since 2014

India’s cricket superstar Virat Kohli will no longer be the test cricket captain of his nation.

Fresh from a series loss in South Africa, Kohli made his announcement on social media.

“It has been [seven] years of hard work, effort and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction, ”he wrote.

“Everything has to come to a standstill at some point and for me as Test captain of India it is now.”

Despite retiring as captain, Kohli is expected to stay on the sidelines as a top-order batman.

Kohli was first captain of the Test side in 2014 in the opening Test of the series against Australia in Adelaide, a match remembered as the first after the death of opening batman Philip Hughes.

He scored a century in both innings of the match, which Australia eventually won by 48 runs.

He took over the captaincy from MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni returned as captain for the next two Test matches in the series before Kohli took over full time for the final Test.

Thereafter, he became the most successful test captain of India.

Kohli led his nation in 68 Test matches, the most of any India player.

As captain, he won 40 games, lost 17 and made 11 draws.

He led India to their first win in the Test series in Australia in 2018-19.

“There have been many ups and also some downs on the trip, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of faith,” he wrote.

Kohli said he knew it was the right time to retire as captain because he could no longer give “120 percent”.

He also praised his predecessor, who according to him showed early confidence in him.

The 33-year-old has played a total of 99 Tests since his debut in 2011.

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