We respect Virat Kohli’s decision: BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla


New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President Rajeev Shukla on Saturday said Virat Kohli has made a huge contribution as captain of the Indian Test team and the board respects his decision to step down from the captaincy.

Shukla’s remarks came after Kohli stepped down as India’s Test captain after leading the team for seven years. “We respect Virat Kohli’s decision. His contribution to Indian cricket is huge and as a Test captain, he has led us to maximum wins. I hope and feel that he is a player in Team India and Indian cricket. Will continue to contribute in the form, Shukla told ANI.

Kohli’s decision to step down as Test captain comes a day after India lost the three-match Test series against South Africa on Friday. The 33-year-old’s biggest win in the longest format came during 2018-19 as India won their maiden Test series Down Under. Under his captaincy, India also reached the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).
Kohli holds the record for most Test matches played as India’s Test captain (68) and 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 as captain in Test cricket than Kohli.

Kohli first led the team in Test cricket in 2014 against Australia. His last match as captain was the Cape Town Test in South Africa, which India lost by seven wickets.

The leadership brought out the best in Kohli and it saw the batsman register seven double hundreds in the longest format of the game. Kohli also holds the record for most Test centuries (20) as the captain of India.

(Inputs from ANI)

First Published:January 15, 2022, 9:22 PM

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