In a major development, Indian skipper Virat Kohli announced on Twitter that he will step down from Test captaincy. The Indian team lost the SA series by 2 – 1. Critics believed that it was the best chance for Team India to win the test series on the South African shores but the home team showed resilience in their batting and survived the relentless Indian bowlers and chased the targets in both the second and third test match.
Speaking on his Youtube channel, former Pak cricketer Salman Butt opined that Kohli probably would be missing the previous coaching and support staff of Ravi Shastri and company. According to Butt, Kohli brought a relentless attitude and killer instincts and has only raised the bar of the Indian team. In his own words, “I get a vibe seeing the new set up of Indian team, that the support staff and the recent changes do not have the like-mindedness with Virat Kohli. Maybe the trends of thinking is different. Kohli was definitely somebody after MS Dhoni who was a special mind for India, the one who has raised the bar of cricket for India. The missing link of Attitude and Killer Instinct was brought by Dhoni and Kohli. Everything does come to an end but this ( Virat’s captaincy step down) has been quicker than anybody expected.”
Nearly 120 days ago, Kohli was the captain of India in all three formats. He made an announcement before T20 World Cup that he would relinquish his T20 captaincy after the World Cup but emphasized that he would continue to lead India in the other two formats. Now that Kohli has relieved himself from the captaincy(s), it would be interesting to see how it will affect his performance in all three formats.