Virat Kohli steps down as Indian test captain, Ravi Shastri says ‘Sad day for me personally’

Ravi Shastri posted an old photo of him and Virat Kohli on Twitter

Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri reacted on Saturday to Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as captain of the Indian Test team. Shastri took to Twitter to post a photo of himself with Kohli back when the duo ran the affairs of India’s men’s cricket team. In his post, Shastri wrote that it was a “sad day” for him. Shastri’s tenure as head coach came to an end after the culmination of India’s campaign at the ICC T20 World Cup in November last year. Kohli steps down as India’s most successful Test captain ever with 40 wins to his name, the last of which came in the first Test against South Africa at Centurion.

“Virat you can go there with your head held high. Few have achieved what you have as captain. Definitely the most aggressive and successful India. Sad day for me personally as this is the team we have built together – @imVkohli,: Shastri wrote in his tweet.

Kohli and Shastri’s association in Test cricket dates back to when Kohli was made full-time captain in the longest format in 2015. At that time, Shastri was in his tenure as team manager. India won an away series in Sri Lanka and then beat world number one Test team South Africa 3-0 at home.

Shastri’s tenure as team manager ended afterwards but Kohli continued his dream run as Test cricket captain with comprehensive home wins over New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.

Shatri was brought back as the team’s head coach in July 2017. He and Kohli then teamed up to continue the winning run at home and also won two historic Test series in Australia.

The duo however faced setbacks against South Africa and England away from home in 2018 and against New Zealand in 2020. Shastri and Kohli’s desire to win an ICC trophy together suffered a jolt major as India lost in the semi-finals of the 2019 ICC World Cup and the final of the ICC World Test Championship last year.

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Their association ended with India’s dismal campaign in the ICC T20 World Cup.

Kohli and Shastri were, however, in charge of the side which lead 2-1 in an away Test series against England, the final match of which will be played later this year.

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