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Kohli steps down as India`s Test captain

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 Published: 07:45 PM, 15 January 2022   Updated: 09:08 PM, 15 January 2022

Kohli steps down as India`s Test captain

Kohli steps down as India`s Test captain

Virat Kohli stepped down as India's Test Captain on Saturday. Kohli issued a statement on social media to make the announcement. The decision comes a day after India's 1-2 loss in three-match Test series to South Africa.

"It's been 7 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 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," Kohli said.

"I want to thank 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 for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation," he added further.

"To Ravi bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that moved us upwards in Test cricket constantly, 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 Captain and found me to an able individual who could take Indian Cricket forward."

Notably, Kohli was replaced as India's full-time white-ball captain by Rohit Sharma in December last year.

He captained India in a record-breaking 68 Tests, winning 40 matches - the fourth best record as captain among any team in Test history.

He has played in 99 Tests in total, averaging 50.39 in the longer format. In 2021 Kohli led the side to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship, losing to New Zealand in Southampton.