Kohli quits as India Test captain


India’s Virat Kohli quit as Test captain Saturday, bringing to an end a controversy-laden seven-year stint in one of the highest-profile, highest-pressure positions in sport.

“Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test captain of India, it’s now,” he posted on Twitter, a day after his side lost a three-match series to South Africa.

The 33-year-old Kohli, who stepped down as Twenty20 skipper after a debacle at the World Cup and then lost the one-day job, took over the India leadership across formats from MS Dhoni in 2017.

“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,” Kohli said.

“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.

India lost the final match in Cape Town by seven wickets on Friday to go down 2-1, with Kohli blaming the team’s poor batting for the defeat.

Batting star Kohli took over the Test captaincy in 2014, when India were ranked a lowly seventh in the five-day format, and he took them to number one, a position they held for nearly three years.

But in a nation of more than 1.3 billion people and obsessed by cricket, the actions of the national captain are probably scrutinised more closely than anyone’s except the prime minister.

And critics always pointed to his failure to land a World Cup triumph in either T20 or ODI cricket.

Never afraid of speaking his mind, Kohli recently courted controversy when he said he was informed of his ODI sacking 90 minutes before the team announcement for the South Africa series and was never encouraged to stay on as T20 skipper, as claimed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly.

“I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there,” Kohli said in his statement.

Tributes poured in for the batting star.

“Many Congratulations (hashtag)ViratKohli on an outstanding career as India’s Test Captain,” former opener Virender Sehwag tweeted.

“Stats don’t lie andamp; he was not only the most successful Indian Test Captain but one of the most successful in the world. Can be very proud @imVkohli andamp; looking forward to watch u dominate with the bat.”

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