As dusk set itself upon the glittering antiquity of Indian Test captain, Virat Kohli, his fans were presented with an evil harbinger. Virat Kohli bade adieu to Test captaincy after five glittering years at the helm. The announcement came after India bowed out to South Africa at the Newlands Stadium in the stadium, following a batting collapse in the second innings and some poor bowling display.
There was also a firestorm of controversy when Kohli bounced a few choice words off Dean Elgar following the LBW incident, and a boatload of flak followed.
Kohli took over the captaincy of India in the longest format of the game from MS Dhoni. Even though were premature bouts of captaincy in the intermittent absence of Mahi, he became the skipper of the Test team in 2017.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 15, 2022
Ever since he stepped foot in the international arcade as a captain, he led India in 68 Tests out of which he registered a staggering 40 victories that gave him a win percentage of 58.82.
His team slumped down 17 times while drawing the contest just 11 times. He also led the nation to the finale of the maiden WTC edition, where India bowed out to New Zealand after a collapse in the second innings. He also became the Indian captain with the highest number of Test matches under his belt. Virat also registered the highest number of victories with 40 wins in his tally. Kohli registered 24 wins at home, which is once again the highest by any Indian Test captain.
He managed to chronicle 20 Test centuries, which is the most for an Indian skipper. Across the entire planet, he is second in the list just behind Graeme Smith. Kohli managed to score 7 double-centuries as a captain, that is by far the highest number of 200s racked up by any Test skipper.
Virat is also the highest Indian run-scorer in Test cricket as a captain that has seen him bag 5864 runs in the matches where he led his team. Twitter was left in absolute disbelief after he announced his farewell as a skipper from the longest format of the game.
When Virat took over as Test captain, India winning a test overseas was an achievement, now if India lose an overseas test series it is an upset. And that's how far he has taken Indian cricket forward, and that will be his legacy. Congratulations on successful reign @imVkohli 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/My2MOXNwMc
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 15, 2022Advertisement
Although I also am shocked by @imVkohli sudden decision, I respect his call. I can only applaud him for what he has done for world cricket & India. Easily one of the most aggressive and fittest players India has had. Hope he’d continue to shine for India as a player. pic.twitter.com/W9hJGAYqhv
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 15, 2022Advertisement
7 Wins in SENA
18 Series Wins
Thanks You Virat Kohli for All memories as Test Captain, You will remain forever as Asia's Best Test captain! pic.twitter.com/gKuDyYwzQ8Advertisement
— S H E B A S (@Shebas_10) January 15, 2022
Congratulations @imVkohli on a stunning run as the Indian captain. You can be very proud of what you have achieved so far, and for sure, your name will be up there among the best leaders in world cricket 👏 https://t.co/DieCKL4bhEAdvertisement
— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) January 15, 2022
Virat, you can go with your head held high. Few have achieved what you have as captain. Definitely India's most aggressive and successful. Sad day for me personally as this is the team 🇮🇳 we built together – @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/lQC3LvekOfAdvertisement
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 15, 2022
It’s been a remarkable journey King Kohli @imVkohli! Very few have been able to achieve what you have. Gave your all and played like a true champion each time. May you grow from strength to strength! Onwards and upwards 👊🏻💯🔥Advertisement
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