India’s cricket superstar Virat Kohli will no longer be his nation’s Test cricket captain.
Fresh after a series loss in South Africa, Kohli came up with his announcement on social media.
“It has been [seven] years of hard work, hard work and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction, “he wrote.
“Everything has to come to a standstill at some point, and for me as a test captain in India it is now.”
Despite retiring as captain, Kohli is expected to remain on the sidelines as a top striker.
Kohli was first captain of the Test team in 2014 in the opening test of the series against Australia in Adelaide, a match remembered as the first after opening batman Philip Hughes’ death.
He scored a century in both innings of the game, which Australia eventually won by 48 runs.
Took over the leadership from MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni returned as captain for the next two Test matches in the series before Kohli took over full time ahead of the final Test.
He then became India’s most successful test captain.
Kohli led his nation in 68 Test matches, the most of any India player.
As captain, he won 40 matches, lost 17 and played 11 draws.
He led India to their first Test series victory in Australia in 2018-19.
“There have been many ups and also some ups along the way on the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or a lack of faith,” he wrote.
Kohli said he knew it was the right time to step down as captain as he could no longer give “120 percent”.
He also praised his predecessor, who he said early on showed faith in him.
The 33-year-old has played a total of 99 tests since his debut in 2011.