Virat Kohli steps down as India Test captain after series defeat to South Africa

Virat Kohli has stepped down as India Test captain; batter led his nation in 68 Tests, winning 40, losing 17 and drawing 11; Kohli was India white-ball captain until Rohit Sharma took that role late last year

Last Updated: 15/01/22 1:52pm

Virat Kohli has ended his spell as India Test captain

Virat Kohli has stepped down from his role as captain of India’s Test team following the 2-1 series defeat by South Africa.

The 33-year-old first led his country in red-ball cricket temporarily during the winter tour of Australia in 2014 before he permanently took the reins from MS Dhoni at the end of the series.

During his tenure as India’s test captain, Kohli helped them become the number one side in the ICC Test rankings and saw them finish runners-up in the World Test Championship Final last summer.

“I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Every thing has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test captain of India, it’s now,” Kohli said on Twitter.

The India batter relinquished the Twenty20 captaincy after the World Cup in November and was also replaced as one-day skipper by Rohit Sharma last month.

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