Look at Virat Kohli journey as India’s Test captain;
Virat Kohli era as India’s “most successful captain” in the longest format came to an end. With his resignation as Test captain.
The 33-year-old, who is in charge of developing a generation of fast bowlers. He is capable of taking 20 wickets in any situation. He will now be expecting to have a successful run with the bat in all three formats of the game.
“It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Every thing 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 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team,” Kohli said in a statement.
“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 bad 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 added.
Virat holds the record for the most Test appearances as India’s captain (68). As well as the most Test victories by an Indian captain (40). In Test cricket, only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh have won more matches as captain than Kohli.
He took charge of the team for the first time in a Test match against Australia in 2014. In his final match as captain, India lost by seven wickets in the Cape Town Test in South Africa. It was never going to be easy to fill MS Dhoni’s shoes, but Kohli stepped up to the plate. And soon established himself as one of the best minds the country has ever seen in Test cricket.
Kohli’s batsmanship was also enhanced by the leadership. With the batsman hitting seven double-centuries in the game’s longest format. Kohli also holds the record for most Test hundreds (20) while captaining India.
India was the number one Test team in the ICC Rankings for 42 months. From October 2016 to early March 2020, under Kohli’s leadership.
Kohli’s decision to step down as Test captain comes a day after India was defeated by South Africa.
Virat Kohli’s most significant victory in the longer format came in 2018-19. When India won its first Test series in Australia. India also advanced to the WTC finals under his captaincy.
It’s also worth noting that under Kohli, India was virtually invincible at home. Kohli’s side won 2-1 in the four Tests they played against England in England last year. And the last Test of the series will be played later this year.
As India’s captain, Kohli has the most Test victories at home. Kohli’s 24th Test win at home came against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium last year.
He stepped down as T20I captain last year. And was later ousted as ODI captain because the selectors preferred a single captain for the white-ball game.