Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as Test captain was personal, BCCI respects it immensely: Sourav Ganguly

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has said that Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as Test captain was a personal one and paid tribute to the 33-year-old’s tenure as India’s skipper.

Ganguly said that Indian cricket "made rapid strides in all formats of the game" under Kohli.

Ganguly said that Indian cricket “made rapid strides in all formats of the game” under Kohli. (AP/Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kohli stepped down as Test captain on Saturday
  • It means Kohli is now no longer captain of the Indian team in any format
  • Ganguly said that Kohli is a “great player” and will remain an important member of the team

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said that Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as India’s Test captain was a “personal one” while paying tribute to the 33-year-old’s tenure as the skipper of the team. Kohli announced his resignation from the post on Friday, thus meaning that he is no longer captain of the team in any format, having resigned from T20 captain in November last year and later being replaced as the ODI captain.

“Under Virats 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 said in his tweet.

Earlier, the BCCI’s decision to replace Kohli as India’s ODI captain despite the latter stating his intent to continue in the post while resigning from T20I captaincy had led to a storm of reports on his relations with the board and Ganguly. While Ganguly said in later interview that he had asked Kohli to not step down from T20I captaincy before the 2021 T20 World Cup, Kohli contradicted that by saying that no one had asked him to stay in the position.

Kohli thanked former head coach Ravi Shastri and his predecessor MS Dhoni as he announced his decision to step down on Thursday.

“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

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