Virat Kohli has given up India’s Test team captaincy, with immediate effect, only a day after losing the Freedom Test series to South Africa 2-1 with a seven-wicket loss in Cape Town. Kohli took over the job as full-time Test captain in early 2015, when MS Dhoni had announced retirement in Australia, and has been the leader of the pack ever since until today.
Kohli’s sudden announcement comes amid a recent saga between him and the BCCI which started with his T20I resignation before the 2021 World Cup. In early December, the BCCI then stripped Kohli off the ODI captaincy, naming Rohit Sharma the new white-ball leader. Kohli was informed about this just 90 minutes before the squad for SA tour was announced. Scoring a gritty 79 in his first innings of 2022, Kohli fans had expected this would be completely Kohli’s year. Some fans even suggested that the Indian cricket might see Kohli of 2016. But with this sudden announcement, his fans and the cricket community are deeply upset.