Rohit Sharma ‘shocked’ by Virat Kohli’s decision to quit Test captaincy: Best wishes for the future

Rohit Sharma, who earlier replaced Virat Kohli as India’s limited overs captain, said that he was shocked by Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as India’s Test skipper and wished his team mate all the best for the future.

Rohit played 33 Tests under Kohli.

Rohit played 33 Tests under Kohli. (AFP Photo)


  • Kohli stepped down as Test captain on Saturday
  • Rohit played 33 Tests under Kohli
  • Kohli has been India’s most successful Test captain with 40 wins

India’s limited overs captain Rohit Sharma said on Sunday that he was “shocked” by Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as the team’s Test skipper. Kohli announced his decision on Saturday, thus bringing the curtains down on a seven-year stint as India’s Test captain.

“Shocked!! But congratulations on a successful stint as Indian captain,” said Rohit in an Instagram post. “All the best wishes for the future,” Rohit further said in Hindi.

While he was always regarded as one of the best limited overs openers in the world, it was under Kohli that Rohit found a consistent spot in the Indian Test team at the top of the order. Rohit played 33 Test matches under Kohli, scoring 2397 runs at an average of 48.91.

Rohit was in December announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as India’s captain in limited overs cricket. While Kohli had stepped down from T20I captaincy before the T20 World Cup, he had said in his statement that he intends to continue leading the team in ODIs.

Kohli, who was appointed Test captain back in 2014 when MS Dhoni stepped down in the middle of the series against Australia, led India in a record 68 Test matches, winning 40 and losing 17.

“It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance every day to take the team in the right direction. I have done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Everything 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,” Virat Kohli said in his statement on Thursday.

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