Kohli’s decision to step down as Test captain a personal one - Ganguly

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly lauds Virat Kohli for taking the team forward in all forms of cricket during his stint as India captain.

Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain.   -  AP

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has lauded Virat Kohli for taking the team forward in all forms of cricket during his stint as India captain.

Kohli on Saturday stepped down as India’s captain in Test matches, a day after a 1-2 series loss against South Africa. Under Kohli, India won 40 out of 68 Tests with memorable series wins in England and Australia being the highlight.

“Under Virat's leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game ..his decision is a personal one and bcci respects it immensely ..he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. well done .. @BCCI @imVkohli,” Ganguly tweeted.

 

While Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain, M. S. Dhoni is second with 27 victories in 60 games and Ganguly comes third with 21 wins. Kohli also ranks fourth in the list of most victories as Test captain behind South Africa’s Graeme Smith (53) and Australian duo of Ricky Ponting (48) and Steve Waugh (41).

Kohli, who was given the reins of the Test side back in 2014 when Dhoni stepped down in the middle of the series against Australia, made the announcement in the backdrop of his tense relations with the BCCI which removed him as ODI captain after the batter himself decided to quit captaincy in T20s.

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