Ravi Shastri reacts to Virat Kohli stepping down as Test captain: You can go with your head held high

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri on Saturday said Virat Kohli stepping down as Test captain is “a sad day for him” while heaping praise on the star batter for his successful tenure as the leader of the World No. 1 side in the longest format of the game.

Sad day for me personally: Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli quitting Test captaincy (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli stepped down as India’s Test captain on Januaray 15
  • Ravi Shastri took to social media to share a heartfelt post on Kohli’s decision
  • Shastri and Kohli helped India dominate opposition teams in Test cricket

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri on Saturday sent a heartfelt message to Virat Kohli after the star batter decided to step down as Test captain. The former India all-rounder said it’s a sad day for him personally as Kohli brought an end to a celebrated tenure of 8 years as one of the world’s most successful Test captain.

Virat Kohli announced his decision to quit as Test captain in an unforeseen manner on Saturday, January 15. The decision came a day after India lost a Test series in South Africa 2-1.

Taking to social media, Ravi Shastri said Kohli was bowing out as India’s most successful and one of the most aggressive captains in Test cricket.

“Virat, you can go with your head held high. Few have achieved what you have as captain. Definitely India’s most aggressive and successful. Sad day for me personally as this is the team Flag of India we built together,” Ravi Shastri said in his post.

Notably, when Virat Kohli took over as India’s Test captain in 2014-15 season after an unforeseen decision from MS Dhoni to retire from the longest format, Ravi Shastri was part of the dressing room as India’s team manager.

Ravi Shastri’s tenure came to an end after the 2015 World Cup but he was back with the team in 2017 after Anil Kumble’s unceremonious exit as India head coach.

Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli joined forces again as they helped India transform into one of the finest travelling sides in Test cricket. Under their leadership group, India never lost a Test series at home and won a historic Test series in Australia. India also defeated England in Tests and were leading 2-1 before the final match was called off.

India also reached the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship last year but fell short of the big prize, losing to New Zealand in the final.

Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli explained his decision to quit T20I captaincy and acknowledged Ravi Shastri’s contribution in helping India’s Test team one of the finest.

When Kohli took over as India’s Test captain in 2015, India were ranked No. 7 but he leaves the side which is No.1 in the ICC Test rankings.

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