Virat Kohli has stepped down as the Test captain of Indian Cricket Team with immediate effect. Kohli’s decision comes a day after India fell short in winning their first-ever series in South Africa. Despite winning the opening Test, India divulged the series 2-1. The 33-year-old, who shared this decision through social media, had been earlier removed as the ODI captain ahead of the South Africa tour.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has stated that Virat Kohli’s determination to step down as Test captain was a private one and paid tribute to his term as India’s skipper.
Earlier, the BCCI’s decision to replace Kohli as India’s ODI captain despite the latter expressing his intent to continue in the post while resigning from T20I captaincy had led to a storm of reports on his relations with the board and Ganguly. While Ganguly said in a later interview that he had requested Kohli to not step down from T20I captaincy before the 2021 T20 World Cup.