Virat Kohli shared his test captaincy decision with teammates a day before making it public: Team India’s most successful test captain with 40 wins under his belt, Virat Kohli bowed down and decided to relinquish his Test leadership on January 15th after quitting the T20I and ODI captaincy. The news served as the major bombshell for the entire cricketing world as this wasn’t foreseen by anyone.
After captaining India in 68 test matches, Virat Kohli walked off with 40 wins. Under his leadership team India conquered Australia twice in its own backyard and also breached England recently. India became the number one test team under the shadow of Virat Kohli and is continuously scaling new heights in the traditional format.
Several reports have emerged following Virat’s announcement. If the reports are to be believed, Virat had a one-on-one chat with head coach Rahul Dravid after the end of the Cape Town Test. He had a long conversation with Dravid at the Newlands Stadium.
Virat then called his teammates for an important announcement in the team room in their hotel. The skipper then announced to his teammates his decision to quit the Test leadership with immediate effect.
He also urged all the listening members to not disclose the news in public.
“I ask a small favour, please don’t share with anybody outside the dressing room,” a member in that meeting was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
Further, the reports claimed that Virat had made up his mind prior to the final test match against South Africa. Even if India had won the third test match and clinched the series, Virat would have followed his decision to relinquish test captaincy.
After making the news open to his teammates, Virat called BCCI secretary Jay Shah and informed him about the decision. There was no other member associated with the call barring Jay Shah and Virat Kohli.
It is further learnt that efforts at different levels were made by the BCCI officials to convince Virat Kohli to reconsider his decision before making it public. However, Kohli was reported to have been convinced to leave the captaincy and play solely as a batsman.