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Virat Kohli quits captaincy: After T20I and ODI, Virat Kohli steps down as Test captain – Follow Live Updates

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Virat Kohli quits captaincy: In a stunning turn of events, Virat Kohli has stepped down as the Test captain following India’s 1-2 series loss to South Africa. In a statement, posted on Twitter, he announced his decision on Saturday. After he resigned from T20I captaincy, he was removed from ODI captaincy ahead of the South Africa series.

“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. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now,” Virat Kohli said in a statement.

Virat Kohli quits captaincy: After T20I and ODI, Virat Kohli steps down as Test captain – Follow Live Updates

Virat Kohli has been India’s most successful Test captain. Since taking over from MS Dhoni as full-time Test captain in 2015, Virat Kohli won 40 in 68 matches. In the world, he is amongst the top 5 captains as per win-loss ratio. Under his captaincy, India reached World No 1 status in Test.

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“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,” he added.

Virat Kohli quits captaincy: After T20I and ODI, Virat Kohli steps down as Test captain – Follow Live Updates

“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 clay 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,” Virat Kohli said.

Virat Kohli quits captaincy: After T20I and ODI, Virat Kohli steps down as Test captain - Follow Live Updates

Virat Kohli quits captaincy: After T20I and ODI, Virat Kohli steps down as Test captain – Follow Live Updates

Most successful Test captains:

  • Graeme Smith (SA):  Matches 109 / Wins 53 / Lost 29 / % 48.62
  • Ricky Ponting (Aus): Matches 77 / 48 Wins / Lost 16 / % 62.33
  • Steve Waugh (Aus) Matches 57 / 41 Wins / Lost 9  / % 71.92
  • Virat Kohli (IND):   Matches 68 / 40 Wins / Lost 17 / % 58

Most successful Test captain of India:

Player Country Career Tests Won Lost Drawn
Virat Kohli India 2014-22 68 40 (58.82%) 17 (25.00%) 11 (16.18%)
MS Dhoni India 2005-2014 60 27 (45.00%) 18 (30.00%) 15 (25.00%)
Sourav Ganguly India 1996-2008 49 21 (42.86%) 13 (26.53%) 15 (30.61%)
Mohd Azharuddin India 1984-2000 47 14 (29.79%) 14 (29.79%) 19 (40.43%)
Sunil Gavaskar India 1971-1987 47 9 (19.15%) 8 (17.02%) 30 (63.83%)
Nawab of Pataudi Jr India 1961-1975 40 9 (22.50%) 19 (47.50%) 12 (30.00%)
Kapil Dev India 1978-1994 34 4 (11.76%) 7 (20.59%) 22 (64.71%)
Rahul Dravid India 1996-2012 25 8 (32.00%) 6 (24.00%) 11 (44.00%)
Sachin Tendulkar India 1989-2013 25 4 (16.00%) 9 (36.00%) 12 (48.00%)
Bishan Singh Bedi India 1966-1979 22 6 (27.27%) 11 (50.00%) 5 (22.73%)

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