Batting sensation Virat Kohli has stepped down as the captain of India’s Test cricket team. 

Virat Kohli himself announced this decision via social media. 

Virat quit captaincy just a day after India lost the Test series to South Africa 2-1. 

“Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test captain of India, it’s now,” Virat Kohli said. 

“It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in right direction. I have done the job with absolute honestly and left nothing out there. Everything has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test captain of India, it’s now. 

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“There have been many ups and also dome some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do and I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do, I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to me team.” 

He added: “I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who brought into the vision I had for the team from Day one and never gave up in any situation…To Ravi Bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that moved us upwards.” 

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Kohli took over as full-time Test captain in early 2015, when MS Dhoni had announced retirement in Australia. 

He led India in 68 matches and has been the most successful captain with 40 wins. 

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