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Updated on: Saturday, January 15, 2022, 07:59 PM IST

#ThankYouCaptain trends on Twitter after Virat Kohli steps down as Test skipper

#ThankYouCaptain trends on Twitter after Virat Kohli steps down as Test skipper  | (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

#ThankYouCaptain trends on Twitter after Virat Kohli steps down as Test skipper | (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

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Virat Kohli on Saturday dropped a bombshell by quitting Test captaincy following the unexpected series defeat against South Africa.

"It's been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I've done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Every thing has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it's now. There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can't do that, I know it's not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team," Kohli said in a statement.

"I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision I bad for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey so memorable and beautiful. To Ravi Bhai and the support group who were the engine behind this vehicle that moved us upwards in Test Cricket consistently, you all have played a massive role in bringing this vision to life. Lastly, a big thank you to MS Dhoni who believed in me as a Captain and found me to be an able individual who could take Indian Cricket forward," he added.

Kohli's decision to leave Test captaincy comes a day after India lost the three-match Test series against South Africa on Friday.

He holds the record for most Test appearances as 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.

Meanwhile, Twitter users were heartbroken after the announcement. #ThankYouCaptain also began trending on Twitter.

Check out the reactions below:

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Published on: Saturday, January 15, 2022, 07:59 PM IST
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