Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal said on Saturday that there is no doubt that Virat Kohli is the most successful Indian team captain and that cricket in the country will continue to thrive under his mentorship and decisiveness. Dhumal’s comments came after Kohli stepped down as India’s test captain after seven years in charge. “Virat is without doubt the most successful captain of the Indian cricket team. We respect his decision and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors as a batter. I am sure Indian cricket would continue to be under his leadership, mentorship and with his batting skills doing well,” Dhumal told ANI.
Kohli’s decision to leave the Test captaincy came a day after India lost the three-game Test series against South Africa on Friday. The 33-year-old’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).
Asked if the series’ defeat to South Africa played a part in Virat’s decision, Dhumal said: “I don’t think the loss of the series against South Africa would have weighed that much in his decision. have been the first win of the series in South Africa There is no Indian Test captain who has won a series in South Africa so that cannot be the case I am sure he had thought about his decision he “Has been in charge for seven years. He would have thought this is the time to lead someone else in the team. He will continue to lead with his bat.”
In response to who might be the next Test captain, Dhumal said: “The decision to appoint a captain is made by the selectors, not the office holders. They would discuss among themselves who will be the next Test captain. are.”
Kohli 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). Only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh have won more matches than Kohli as captain in Test cricket.
Kohli first led Test cricket against Australia in 2014. His last match as captain was the Cape Town Test in South Africa, which India lost by seven wickets. It wouldn’t be easy to fill MS Dhoni’s shoes, but Kohli took leadership by storm and quickly established himself as one of the best thinkers the country has seen in Test Cricket.
The lead also brought out the best in Kohli and saw the batter record seven double centuries in the game’s longest form. Kohli also holds the record for scoring the most Test centuries (20) as India’s captain.
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