Cricket: Virat Kohli steps down as India Test captain

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Virat Kohli has stepped down as captain of India’s Test workforce after seven years within the place.

Kohli led the workforce for 68 matches and gained 40 of them, making him India’s most profitable Test captain.

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He introduced the choice on Saturday within the wake of India dropping a Test sequence in South Africa 1-2.

“Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test captain of India, it’s now … 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,” Kohli stated in a publish on Twitter. “I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team.”

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The Indian cricket board, BCCI, thanked Kohli for his “admirable leadership qualities that took the test team to unprecedented heights”.

Kohli, 33, gave up the Twenty20 captaincy in September and he was changed as One-Day International (ODI) skipper in December, with opener Rohit Sharma taking on in each codecs.

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One of the principle highlights of his captaincy included India’s first Test sequence win in Australia in 2018-19, and main the nation to the ultimate of the primary World Test Championship in England final 12 months – the place they misplaced to New Zealand.

The announcement comes shortly after India had been embroiled in an on-field controversy over an overturned resolution throughout the third Test defeat to South Africa

Kohli and two teammates had been caught on the stump microphone complaining after home captain Dean Elgar survived on overview after being given out leg earlier than wicket at a vital stage on the third afternoon.

There has been no indication but from match referee Andy Pycroft and the International Cricket Council whether or not any disciplinary motion might be taken towards Kohli, KL Rahul and R Ashwin for his or her function within the incident.

Kohli is a part of the ODI workforce, led by Rahul within the absence of the injured Sharma, that can play three matches in South Africa beginning January 19.

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