Cricket legends are giving their respective reactions on social media after Virat Kohli stepped down as the captain of the Test team. Some former players and coaches are surprised by this decision of Virat Kohli, while many have congratulated Kohli on a successful Test career as captain. Kohli has captained Team India in 68 matches and has been successful in winning India 40 times.
After Kohli’s retirement from the captaincy, BCCI wrote on Twitter, “BCCI congratulates the captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli, for his excellent leadership qualities. He took the Test team to unprecedented heights. He has led India in 68 matches and is the most successful captain in the country with 40 wins.
Board Secretary Jay Shah said, “Congratulations to Virat Kohli on a wonderful stint as captain of the Indian team. Virat transformed the team into a fit unit which performed admirably both in India and outside. Winning Tests in Australia and England is special.
Former coach of the team Ravi Shastri wrote, “Virat, you can go with your head held high. What you have achieved as captain, few people have been able to do. Definitely India’s most aggressive and successful captain. For me personally Sad day because this is the team flag of India which we have made together with Virat Kohli.
Mohammad Azharuddin, who captained the Indian team for a long time, wrote on Twitter, “It is always an honor to lead a consistently growing Indian team and the decision to step down is an emotional moment. Virat Kohli, you have had a good journey as captain.
Former opener Virender Sehwag tweeted, “Many congratulations to Virat Kohli on a wonderful career as India’s Test captain. Statistics don’t lie and he was not only the most successful Indian Test captain but also one of the most successful captains in the world. You can be very proud. Kohli is now looking forward to seeing your dominance with the bat.”
Former teammate Suresh Raina tweeted, “I am also shocked by this sudden decision of Kohli, I respect his decision. I can commend him for what he has done for world cricket and India. He is one of the most aggressive and fit players in India. Hope he continues to shine for India as a player.”
Former Indian team wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel wrote, “Virat Kohli has been the most successful Test captain for India and he can be proud of his achievements. Congratulations on a wonderful innings as captain.
Irfan Pathan wrote on Twitter, “Whenever it comes to Indian cricket captains in Test cricket, Kohli’s name will be remembered not only for the results, but for his impact as captain. Thanks Virat Kohli.
Kohli’s Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore wrote on Twitter, “You have been an inspiring and outstanding captain. Thank you for taking Indian cricket forward. Thanks for the wonderful memories. You will always be our ‘Captain Kohli’.
(With PTI Inputs)