Virat Kohli is the most successful Test captain for India.

Virat Kohli. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Virat Kohli has by far been the best Indian Test skipper of all time, as the stats show and on Saturday (January 15), he came out with a shocking announcement. The 33-year-old gave up India’s captaincy in the longer format. The decision comes after the 2-1 defeat against South Africa recently and it has to be noted that he has already given up captaincy in T20 internationals after the T20 World cup 2021. Rohit Sharma was named the new captain for India in limited-overs cricket.

Kohli captained India in 68 Tests, winning 40 of them and losing just 17 with a win percentage of 58.82. Having taken over the captaincy from MS Dhoni in 2014, Kohli has been phenomenal in terms of building a strong squad. He also was one of the main reasons behind the development of the fast bowlers in India as he kept backing them in overseas conditions.

Kohli was just one more Test win away from equalling the third most successful Test captain overall in the game and his records have been outstanding. He led the side to the finals of the first-ever World Test Championship in 2021 against New Zealand but could not get over the line. He was also the first-ever captain for India to win a Test series in Australia, and almost in England (2-1 lead) until Covid-19 hit the series.

Here’s Virat Kohli’s tweet:

In his Twitter post, Kohli had specially mentioned thanking BCCI and MS Dhoni for the support and belief they have had in him over the years as a captain. He also noted about giving his 120 percent every time he steps into the field and that has been visible for the fans when he is on and off the field.

Kohli’s aggressive captaincy and his love for the format is something that will be missed for a long time and it is unfortunate that he had to give up captaincy after a loss in South Africa. Meanwhile, the cricketing fraternity and the fans were shocked to know about Kohli’s decision.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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