In a detailed post on social media, the 33-year-old opened up about the many ups and downs along the journey. “Every thing has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test captain of India, it’s now,” he wrote.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1642252472000
The cricketer was appointed Test captain back in 2014 when Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down in the middle of the series against Australia. He had recently quit as T20 captain and was later sacked as One Day International captain by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Soon after the shocking announcement, messages and comments started pouring in for the ace cricketer on Twitter.
Sandeep Bhardwaj, CEO of IIFL Securities, said it was an ‘end of an era’. He said Kohli stepping down as Test captain is not what any cricket lover would have expected so soon.
“When the history is written, Kohli would be credited for making India’s overseas wins a new normal,” he wrote.
End of an era! @imVkohli stepping down as Test captain of the Indian Cricket Team is not what any cricket lover wou… https://t.co/R6uKY5SGLB
— Sandeep Bhardwaj (@srajb) 1642254514000
Former cricketer Virender Sehwag congratulates Kohli on an outstanding career. “Stats don’t lie & he was not only the most successful Indian Test Captain but one of the most successful in the world,” he wrote.
Many Congratulations #ViratKohli on an outstanding career as India’s Test Captain. Stats don’t lie & he was not onl… https://t.co/ZYz4BjEloz
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 1642256405000
Cricketer Irfan Pathan thanked Kohli for the impact he had as a captain on Team India.
Whenever the talk of Indian cricket captains will arise in test cricket @imVkohli ‘s name will be up there,not onl… https://t.co/2SJCnRNc6w
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 1642254365000
Former cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin said it was a journey well travelled. “It is always an honour to lead the dynamic Indian team. And the decision to step down is an emotional heavy moment,” he added.
It’s always an honour to lead the dynamic Indian team. And the decision to step down is an emotional heavy moment.… https://t.co/u1K6jjZWNm
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) 1642255625000
Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary of BCCI, congratulated Kohli on a tremendous tenure as Team India captain. “Virat turned the team into a ruthless fit unit that performed admirably both in India and away. The Test wins in Australia & England have been special,” he wrote.
Congratulations to @imVkohli on a tremendous tenure as #TeamIndia captain. Virat turned the team into a ruthless fi… https://t.co/lhbKldfBiS
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) 1642253867000
Cricketer Suyash Prabhudessai said he hopes for the king with the willow to return and haunt the bowlers across the globe. “Having seen your leadership from such close quarters and being inspired by it in every moment, this will take time to sink in Virat bhai,” he shared.
End of an era. Having seen your leadership from such close quarters and being inspired by it in every moment this w… https://t.co/ux5TFy87z6
— Suyash Prabhudessai (@suyash_043) 1642258612000
Cricketer Venugopala Rao said that Kohli was the best captain, ever, in the history of Indian Test cricket. “The way he tuned this team is remarkable. Wins over draws in overseas shows his aggressive approach,” he added.
The best ever Captain in Indian Test Cricket History steps down as Test captain. The way he tuned this team is rema… https://t.co/cgHsT63Hdl
— VenuGopala Rao (@IMVenuGopalRao) 1642255142000
Former cricketer Wasim Jaffer said India winning a test overseas was an achievement thanks to Kohli’s captaincy.
When Virat took over as Test captain, India winning a test overseas was an achievement, now if India lose an overse… https://t.co/4Ijnr7ezEr
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) 1642254045000
Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore – which is headed by Kohli – called him an inspiration and a leader par excellence. “Thank you for taking Indian cricket forward like only you could have. Thank you for the memories, King! You’ll always be our Captain Kohli,” the caption read.
You’ve been an inspiration and a leader par excellence. Thank you for taking Indian cricket forward like only you… https://t.co/mJvsrP1xbZ
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) 1642254063000
Shah Rukh Khan-owned Kolkata Knight Riders called the years of his captaincy as seven years of brilliance, memories and legacy. “We know you gave it a 120 per cent and more,” the post read.
7 YEARS of brilliance, memories & legacy! We know you gave it a 120% and more 👑Thank you, Captain @imVkohli 🇮🇳… https://t.co/HMqn6fuHDY
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 1642254634000
BCCI congratulated Kohli for his admirable leadership qualities that took the Test team to unprecedented heights. “He led India in 68 matches and has been the most successful captain with 40 wins,” the official handle posted.
BCCI congratulates #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli for his admirable leadership qualities that took the Test team to u… https://t.co/yHYfpMxi1i
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1642253019000
Delhi Capitals said that the “most successful Test skipper” has signed off.
#TeamIndia’s most successful Test skipper signs off 🥺Thank you #ViratKohli for everything you have done for 🇮🇳 an… https://t.co/LIH1WmdZfA
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) 1642254168000
Punjab Kings team said that Kohli always gave his 120 per cent on the field.
To the man who always gave his 120% on the field and fulfilled #TeamIndia’s dream of winning Tests overseas♥️Than… https://t.co/CwZlmpNUrR
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) 1642257044000