Kohli shocks cricket world by quitting as captain

4 months ago
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Virat Kohli has stepped down arsenic skipper of India's Test squad aft 7 years successful the position.

Kohli led the squad for 68 matches and won 40 of them, making him India's astir palmy Test captain.

He made his determination in the aftermath of India losing a Test bid successful South Africa 2-1.

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"I person ever believed successful giving my 120 percent successful everything I do, and if I can't bash that, I cognize it's not the close happening to do," Kohli said successful a station connected Twitter.

"I person implicit clarity successful my bosom and I cannot beryllium dishonest to my team."

The Indian cricket committee thanked Kohli for his "admirable enactment qualities that took the Test squad to unprecedented heights."

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Tim Paine of Australia talks to Virat Kohli of India aft play. (Getty)

The feisty apical bid batsman has had a hard narration with the BCCI since stepping down arsenic the Twenty20 skipper aft past year's World Cup.

That outgo him the one-day captaincy arsenic well, with the BCCI installing Rohit Sharma arsenic skipper successful some the abbreviated formats.

"It's been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance each time to instrumentality the squad successful the close direction. I've done the occupation with implicit honesty and near thing retired there," Kohli said successful his statement.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli watches connected during the World Test Championship last against New Zealand. (Getty)

"Everything has travel to a halt astatine immoderate signifier and for maine arsenic Test skipper of India, it's now. There person been galore ups and besides immoderate downs on the journey, but ne'er has determination been a deficiency of effort oregon deficiency of belief."

BCCI officials were not instantly disposable to corroborate who would instrumentality implicit arsenic India's adjacent Test captain, though opener KL Rahul's sanction has already started doing the rounds.

The board's caput Jay Shah wrote connected Twitter aft Kohli's astonishment announcement: "Virat turned the squad into a ruthless acceptable portion that performed admirably some successful India and away. The Test wins successful Australia & England person been special."

And tributes flowed from astir the cricketing world.

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