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'Kohli turned Indian team into a ruthless, fit unit'

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Last updated on: January 15, 2022 21:49 IST
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IMAGE: Virat Kohli stepped down as Test captain on Saturday a day after India lost the Test series in South Africa. Photograph: Reuters

Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Jay Shah paid tribute to Virat Kohli on his 'tremendous tenure' after he stepped down as India's Test captain on Saturday.

 

Kohli left everyone stunned as he quit as Test captain a day after India lost the three-match against South Africa.

"Congratulations to @imVkohli on a tremendous tenure as #TeamIndia captain. Virat turned the team into a ruthless fit unit that performed admirably both in India and away. The Test wins in Australia & England have been special," tweeted Jay Shah.

BCCI also took to their Twitter handle and congratulated Virat for taking the Indian Test team to unprecedented heights.

"BCCI congratulates #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli for his admirable leadership qualities that took the Test team to unprecedented heights. He led India in 68 matches and has been the most successful captain with 40 wins," tweeted BCCI.

Last year, Kohli had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI leader as the selectors wanted one captain for the white-ball format.

Kohli led India in a record 68 Test matches, winning 40 and losing 17 to be fourth in the list of captains with most Test victories.

Under Kohli, India became the top test nation and made it to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship last year, where New Zealand beat them to the title.

With him at the helm, India ended a 71-year drought when they registered their maiden series victory in Australia in early 2019.

His team also held a 2-1 lead in England last year before the final test in Manchester was postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.

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