Archive photo of Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin.© AFP
Ravichandran Ashwin wrote an emotional note to former India skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday following his decision to step down as Test captain. Kohli stepped down as India Test captain on Saturday after seven years in the lead. Ashwin said Kohli’s legacy as a captain will stand for the kind of benchmarks he has set. The veteran spinner also called his “biggest takeaway” from Kohli’s stint as captain. “Cricket captains will always be discussed in regards to their records and the kind of triumphs they have achieved, but your legacy as a captain will stand for the kind of benchmarks you set. There will be people who will talk about victories in Australia, England, SL etc etc,” Ashwin said in a tweet.
“Victories are just a result and the seeds are always sown well before harvest! The seeds you’ve managed to sow is the kind of standard you set for yourself and thereby set expectations in the rest of us.
“Well done @imVkohli on the headache you left behind for your successor and that’s my biggest takeaway from your stint as captain. ‘We have to leave a place at such a height that the future can only take it higher from there on ,” he added.
— Ashwin (@ashwinravi99) January 16, 2022
In September last year, Kohli had stepped down as captain of the T20I and then he was removed as the ODI leader because the selectors wanted one captain for the cue ball format.
Kohli’s decision to leave the Test captaincy came a day after India lost the three-match Test series to South Africa.
Undoubtedly, Kohli’s biggest win in the longest format came in 2018-19, when India won its first test series Down Under. Under his captaincy, India also reached the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).
The former skipper holds the record for most Test appearances as an India Test captain (68) and he also holds the record for most Test wins by an Indian captain (40).
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