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    Virat Kohli steps down as India Test Captain

    This is a massive shock, but at the end of the day Saurav Ganguly and the BCCI have actively sabotaged the best Test team in India's history.


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    Things were never the same after he chose to quit the Australian tour after the Adelaide Test. That decision weakened his standing in Indian cricket considerably as he lost a lot of fan support as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Things were never the same after he chose to quit the Australian tour after the Adelaide Test. That decision weakened his standing in Indian cricket considerably as he lost a lot of fan support as well.
    No it's his tiff with the Board that has led to this decision.

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    Will be remembered as best test Captain ever from India and Asia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battler View Post
    No it's his tiff with the Board that has led to this decision.
    I know, but you can pinpoint that decision as the start of this tiff, his position in Indian cricket was untouchable before then. The relationship soured during the tour to England and obviously reached a low point during the public tussle with Ganguly after he was sacked as ODI captain.
    Last edited by Last Monetarist; 15th January 2022 at 18:03.

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    What a fall in last 6 months!

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    End of an incredible era.

    The greatest Asian Test captain of all time. 40 wins and established a fast bowling culture in India. Built the greatest Asian Test team of all time.

    All good things must come to an end. He could have easily overtaken G. Smith as the most prolific captain of all time and could have even become the first captain to register 60 wins, but he made a selfless decision because it is clear that BCCI wants to start a new era.

    It will be interesting to see who takes over. They may not want to burden Rohit with all-format captaincy especially at this stage and age of his career.

    KL Rahul seems the most likely candidate, or maybe they can take a left-field decision and appoint Ashwin as a short-term skipper.

    He is certainly more than intelligent enough to do justice to the role.

    It is a shame for Kohli that he never got to captain against Pakistan in his tenure thanks to petty geopolitics; would have easily surpassed G. Smith in terms of numbers of wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajdeep View Post
    Will be remembered as best test Captain ever from India and Asia.
    No, he will be remembered for what he was yet again in his final Test as skipper.

    A world class batsman, but a spoiled brat, whose temper tantrums frequently caused India to lose winnable Test matches due to his pathetic lack of leadership.

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    I think this for the best

    Kholi can now concentrate on his batting instead of talking into a stump mic thinking heís a stand up comedian

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    Long overdue but I'm pleased to see that FINALLY the BCCI has gathered the courage to cut Kohli down to size.

    After a long time we can see the Indian cricket team playing and being addressed as the Indian cricket team rather than the personal property of a "superstar" holding the entire cricketing fraternity to hostage more on the back of his marketability and popularity than his cricketing/captaincy credentials.

    I can't believe I'm saying this but Kudos to BCCI!

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    True that ďevery rise has a fall.Ē Who wd hv thought that it wd come to this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajdeep View Post
    Will be remembered as best test Captain ever from India and Asia.
    For winning a test series in Australia 2018 without Smith and Warner in that team?? Naah, it is a massive fall! The dream of winning in all three countries- Australia, England and South Africa goes for a toss now.

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    Not long before he retires from cricket altogether.

    Heís too big a figure to play Under Ganguly (coz of what happened recently) and Rohit/ Rahul


    Mostly will play till 2023 Nov, to finish this WTC and to end his career at the 2023 WC in India

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    I would add that as well as captaining the team with his Spoiled Brat Toddler Tantrums, he was an incredibly Slow Learner, who repeatedly lost series (NZ 2019-20, World Test Championship Final, 4-1 Test series defeat in England in 2018) because he did not respect the game enough to make the BCCI schedule an early enough arrival.

    9/10 as a batsman

    3/10 as a captain

    1/10 as a supposedly mature 33 year old human being.

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    Well done BCCI to remove him as captain might score a century soon now ��

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    Big blow to the test team. Certainly not a decision taken with team welfare in mind. This man just cannot keep his ego in check

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    Kohli to BCCI: Iíll step down as T20I captain, you canít stop me

    BCCI to Kohli: Then weíll sack u from ODI captaincy too, you canít stop us

    Kohli to BCCI: If thatís the case then Iíll leave the TEST captaincy too, you canít stop me


    Just the clash of Egos there. What a sad end

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    KL Rahul seems the most likely candidate, or maybe they can take a left-field decision and appoint Ashwin as a short-term skipper.
    That 30-something averaging, IPL focused Rahul as captain will be a giant mistake.

    I agree that Ashwin can be a stopgap though.
    Last edited by Varun; 15th January 2022 at 18:12.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    For winning a test series in Australia 2018 without Smith and Warner in that team?? Naah, it is a massive fall! The dream of winning in all three countries- Australia, England and South Africa goes for a toss now.
    If and when the last test of the England tour happens, Kohli should captain it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    End of an incredible era.

    The greatest Asian Test captain of all time. 40 wins and established a fast bowling culture in India. Built the greatest Asian Test team of all time.

    All good things must come to an end. He could have easily overtaken G. Smith as the most prolific captain of all time and could have even become the first captain to register 60 wins, but he made a selfless decision because it is clear that BCCI wants to start a new era.

    It will be interesting to see who takes over. They may not want to burden Rohit with all-format captaincy especially at this stage and age of his career.

    KL Rahul seems the most likely candidate, or maybe they can take a left-field decision and appoint Ashwin as a short-term skipper.

    He is certainly more than intelligent enough to do justice to the role.

    It is a shame for Kohli that he never got to captain against Pakistan in his tenure thanks to petty geopolitics; would have easily surpassed G. Smith in terms of numbers of wins.
    Selfless decision �� this is only about the 'self'

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    The infantile tantrum with the microphones cooked his goose.

    He went from leading a team to being a Loser Getting His Excuses In Early.

    India could and should have still won the Test and the Series.

    But Captain Toddler was too busy throwing his toys out of the pram to remember to provide some leadership.

    India are lucky to have a Big Boss like Ganguly who has the guts to get rid of a big baby like Kohli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmad-GERMANFC View Post
    If and when the last test of the England tour happens, Kohli should captain it
    Why would he came back to captain one test?? To get the milestone lol. If he had to, he would have played that test and the retire as captain.

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    His behaviour in the 3rd Test was the final straw.

    He had to go.

    Not a great way to end his captaincy was it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    End of an incredible era.

    The greatest Asian Test captain of all time. 40 wins and established a fast bowling culture in India. Built the greatest Asian Test team of all time.

    All good things must come to an end. He could have easily overtaken G. Smith as the most prolific captain of all time and could have even become the first captain to register 60 wins, but he made a selfless decision because it is clear that BCCI wants to start a new era.

    It will be interesting to see who takes over. They may not want to burden Rohit with all-format captaincy especially at this stage and age of his career.

    KL Rahul seems the most likely candidate, or maybe they can take a left-field decision and appoint Ashwin as a short-term skipper.

    He is certainly more than intelligent enough to do justice to the role.

    It is a shame for Kohli that he never got to captain against Pakistan in his tenure thanks to petty geopolitics; would have easily surpassed G. Smith in terms of numbers of wins.
    Hardly.

    Heís a Big Baby who lost important series in every major country apart from Australia where he beat an understrength team and then Rahane, not Kohli, beat the full team after a Kohli-led team was bowled out for 36.

    But his pathetic tantrums were no replacement for actual leadership, which is how he ended up losing to New Zealand in both the 50 over World Cup and the World Test Championship.

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    It's been coming for a while.

    Seeing Rahane captain the team to victory in Australia, WTC final defeat, the row with BCCI over captaincy, the T20 WC campaign and the South Africa defeat, combined with a loss of batting form, has ultimately taken its toll.

    The tantrum into the stump mic was a culmination of months of pent-up frustration.

    While I sympathise that the burden of carrying a billion hopes and expectations is incredibly tough - Kohli hasn't helped himself. Instead of operating as a ruthless meritocracy, I felt there was a hint of liking and disliking in his selections. If it was anyone else would Pujara and Rahane still be in the side given their numbers ?

    It was also naive to pick a fight with a Board who deeply resent anyone trying to push them into a corner. Still he leaves behind an Indian Test team stronger than when he found it, and encouraged fast bowling like no other recent captain.

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    Rahul has showed us in this series that he is a weak leader and a non capable captain. This is a guy who when given any sort of responsibility becomes a very anxious man and start bothering about a lot of things which he shouldn't be bothering.

    Indian team would be better keeping him away from any leadership role. The only viable option as the next captain is Pant.

    Ashwin, "better than Imran" doesn't deserve a game outside Asia. Jadeja, Washington, Shardul, Pandya, D Chahar all will be more impactful than him outside Asia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Rahul has showed us in this series that he is a weak leader and a non capable captain. This is a guy who when given any sort of responsibility becomes a very anxious man and start bothering about a lot of things which he shouldn't be bothering.

    Indian team would be better keeping him away from any leadership role. The only viable option as the next captain is Pant.

    Ashwin, "better than Imran" doesn't deserve a game outside Asia. Jadeja, Washington, Shardul, Pandya, D Chahar all will be more impactful than him outside Asia.
    Are you serious?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    End of an incredible era.

    The greatest Asian Test captain of all time. 40 wins and established a fast bowling culture in India. Built the greatest Asian Test team of all time.

    All good things must come to an end. He could have easily overtaken G. Smith as the most prolific captain of all time and could have even become the first captain to register 60 wins, but he made a selfless decision because it is clear that BCCI wants to start a new era.

    It will be interesting to see who takes over. They may not want to burden Rohit with all-format captaincy especially at this stage and age of his career.

    KL Rahul seems the most likely candidate, or maybe they can take a left-field decision and appoint Ashwin as a short-term skipper.

    He is certainly more than intelligent enough to do justice to the role.

    It is a shame for Kohli that he never got to captain against Pakistan in his tenure thanks to petty geopolitics; would have easily surpassed G. Smith in terms of numbers of wins.
    We all back the wrong horse sometimes, just like you did with Kohli.

    Having a decent crop of pace bowlers is not his achievement.

    Neither was winning in Australia a year ago - Rahane did that after Kohliís team was 36 All Out.

    India had the playing strength to win in England in 2018, the 2019 World Cup, the 2019-20 tour of New Zealand and the 2021 World Test Championship.

    But they lost all four because the skipper was not as good at his job as the batsmen and bowlers could have been.

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    Lol, let's be real, the BCCI told him to step down

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Things were never the same after he chose to quit the Australian tour after the Adelaide Test. That decision weakened his standing in Indian cricket considerably as he lost a lot of fan support as well.
    India beating Aussies without Kohli showed BCCI that he wasn't indispensable....then WTC, T20 WC fiasco happened which gave a perfect chance to BCCI to clip his wings.
    Ganguly was never happy with Kohli's dictatorship especially the way he ousted Kumble from coaching job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Lol, let's be real, the BCCI told him to step down
    I suspect there may have been some kind of behind scenes/off the record phone calls from the ICC asking BCCI to save their face.

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    For me, the biggest alarm was that Pant and Siraj are both already moaning and whining like Kohli when they should let their skills do the talking.

    Itís time for Pujara, Rahane, Ashwin, Jadeja Umesh Yadav and Ishant to be replaced by a younger generation.

    But two of the younger generation are already clearly damaged by the experience of having been led by Captain Toddler.

    The BCCI had to get rid of Kohli before he could further damage the younger players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashmal View Post
    India beating Aussies without Kohli showed BCCI that he wasn't indispensable....then WTC, T20 WC fiasco happened which gave a perfect chance to BCCI to clip his wings.
    Ganguly was never happy with Kohli's dictatorship especially the way he ousted Kumble from coaching job.
    It was a battle between two egoists, and ultimately - twas ever thus - the administrator won.

    Kohli was totally justified in supporting Shastri over Kumble, Ganguly's ego never recovered even as India kept improving as a Test team.

    Today's a sad day for Indian cricket.

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    There's something about SuperSport ending careers.

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    What a weak and cowardly decision, Virat has always been a big quitter when the going got tough so this is hardly surprising. But at the same time, maybe it was the right decision, after 152-0 and being the first to lose the streak, the psychological damage and humiliation caused to him must have been too much.


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    It was a battle between two egoists, and ultimately - twas ever thus - the administrator won.

    Kohli was totally justified in supporting Shastri over Kumble, Ganguly's ego never recovered even as India kept improving as a Test team.

    Today's a sad day for Indian cricket.
    Day 4 in Cape Town was a day of shame and disgrace for India, not just its cricket team. The whole cricket world is laughing at India.

    Day 5 was a humiliating defeat to a rubbish South African team, caused by Kohliís tantrum the previous afternoon.

    Today was the day the Indian cricket team starts its recovery from the terrible leadership of a Man-Baby.

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    Kohli is a terrific batter but a very poor captain

    This is great news for Indian cricket

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    BCCI was looking for an excuse to remove him from test captaincy.

    May be after what Kohli did at the last match, they asked him to step down from the test captaincy.

    Tbh what he did that day was really embarrassing to India as a cricketing nation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    Day 4 in Cape Town was a day of shame and disgrace for India, not just its cricket team.

    Day 5 was a humiliating defeat to a rubbish South African team, caused by Kohli’s tantrum the previous afternoon.

    Today was the day the Indian cricket team starts its recovery from the terrible leadership of a Man-Baby.
    Those tantrums were the culmination of six months of poisonous off-field politicking by the BCCI, this team should have been celebrated as the best in Indian history, not undermined by administrators with no skin in the game.

    Kohli's behaviour at Cape Town was disgraceful, but there are mitigating factors which should limit some of the hysteria.

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    He will be remembered as the one to
    1. Have guts to play with 5 bowlers and 4 pacers in over seas conditions ( the results of which are showing)
    2. Continue the "no fear of loss" culture started by Dhoni
    3. As for his tantrums, they were always there, Remember his showing the middle finger to Australian crowds in his early days. He is like that, why should he change his attitude by becoming a captain. We have had several nice captains over the last 70 years, infact all. This past seven years, I enjoyed his at your face captaincy
    Remember How the attitude of South Africans was in 1196. Rahul Dravid hit Alan Donald fir a six and he would pent out many abuses. Can any fast bowler to that to India now. No because now they will have it back.
    This is the legacy of Kohli and is here to stay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Are you serious?
    The decision of Virat Kohli resigning from Indian test captaincy has put this team into a doldrum here. There is no viable option available as Kohli, the test captain, was always far more motivated than anyone was.

    It seems this is more of a personal decision from Kohli's front as he doesn't seem to be getting the power that he enjoyed for so long anymore. It is a decision taken to shock their coach, Ganguly and the whole BCCI and Indian management, as it puts them in a doldrum situation.

    With Rohit already taking the responsibility of limited overs captaincy, he is no longer a candidate for test cricket at this age and with his fitness and injury.

    Rahul is not a leader by any means. He is an extremely talented player but a mental midget of highest level, basically a poor man's Joe Root as far as leadership is concerned.

    Jasprit plays only 70% of India's matches due to his workload and injury concerns and Ashwin has proved that he is an inferior cricketer to both Jadeja and Washington Sundar as soon as he travels outside Asia.

    This leaves India with the only viable option of Rishabh Pant. No other player in a team is more aware of the strength and weakness of his bowlers than keepers( barring the captain himself because that is their job only).

    Don't go with the roller coster ride that Rishabh showcases with his batting ability because if he doesn't do it that way, he won't be successful. That is what works for some guys and Rishabh is one of them.

    He walks into the team in Test Cricket as one of their best players at the moment and possess the same aggressive mentality and willingness to go for win irrespective of the situation like Kohli had.

    India needs to carry that only. KL Rahul does not possess this quality, he is too bothered with personal milestones and a bit of criticism here and there will force him to go back to his safe defensive approach.
    Last edited by Ab Fan; 15th January 2022 at 18:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Those tantrums were the culmination of six months of poisonous off-field politicking by the BCCI, this team should have been celebrated as the best in Indian history, not undermined by administrators with no skin in the game.

    Kohli's behaviour at Cape Town was disgraceful, but there are mitigating factors which should limit some of the hysteria.
    Kohli has always thrown tantrums on a cricket field from his juniors days. Nothing new

    Blaming BCCI is ridiculous. He has no self control

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    It was a battle between two egoists, and ultimately - twas ever thus - the administrator won.

    Kohli was totally justified in supporting Shastri over Kumble, Ganguly's ego never recovered even as India kept improving as a Test team.

    Today's a sad day for Indian cricket.
    BCCI officials said kohli was adamant at leaving T20 they tried to dissuade him but he did not listen. Eventually the board decided they cannot have two white ball captains. So it wasnt the Bcci who asked him to step down in any format.
    Truth is kohli likes only shastri the cheerleader

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    Good decision. Hes been captain longer than anyone since Azharuddin and this was a long time coming.


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    That was quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NishanKonar View Post
    Kohli has always thrown tantrums on a cricket field from his juniors days. Nothing new

    Blaming BCCI is ridiculous. He has no self control
    Yes, that behaviour is intrinsic, but Indian fans can't start blaming him for that intensity when it was that same attitude that allowed this team to become so good over the past 4 years.

    The outbursts on Thursday were a symptom of the pressure he was in. It's the right decision from his perspective if he feels he can't give 100 percent to the team.

    Indian fans will know very soon how good they had it in Test cricket under Kohli and Shastri. I don't remember many Indian captains that appreciated the importance of Test cricket as much as Kohli.

    It's also a sad day for the primacy of Test cricket, as Kohli was perhaps one of the format's greatest modern advocates.

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    His legacy also includes destroying the Indian middle order in all formats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    It was a battle between two egoists, and ultimately - twas ever thus - the administrator won.

    Kohli was totally justified in supporting Shastri over Kumble, Ganguly's ego never recovered even as India kept improving as a Test team.

    Today's a sad day for Indian cricket.
    Ganguly and many other past Indian greats (like Gavaskar) couldn't digest the free ride that Kohli was getting from BCCI.

    Pre-Kohli (& Dhoni) no Indian captain had enjoyed such dictatorial powers.

    Ever since Ganguly came into power....he started flexing his muscles and Kohli's recent run of poor form and lack of wins gave him a chance to act

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    Can't help but think it has to do with his defense of Shami.

    Things started unraveling very fast after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Yes, that behaviour is intrinsic, but Indian fans can't start blaming him for that intensity when it was that same attitude that allowed this team to become so good over the past 4 years.

    The outbursts on Thursday were a symptom of the pressure he was in. It's the right decision from his perspective if he feels he can't give 100 percent to the team.

    Indian fans will know very soon how good they had it in Test cricket under Kohli and Shastri. I don't remember many Indian captains that appreciated the importance of Test cricket as much as Kohli.

    It's also a sad day for the primacy of Test cricket, as Kohli was perhaps one of the format's greatest modern advocates.
    The harsh reality is Kohli's stupid selection tactics cost India dearly. Look at 2018 England series. No way we should have lost that series 4-1

    Also this South Africa series. India should have won easily. But Kohli kept selecting Rahane. And then says batters did not deliver

    Who is responsible if batters don't deliver when you keep selecting out of form players over and over again

    There has to be accountability - not blind hero worship. India is under performing in big ICC events and crucial tests series thanks to Kohli's irrational tactics and selections. Kohli deserves full blame for this test series loss

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    Decline of test cricket start from now on .

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    Rahul should take over. But I feel this is a selfish decision by Kohli, leaving in the middle of a test championship and giving no room to the upcoming captain. He should have left after the wtc finals itself.

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    Now with the pressures of captaincy lifted, I suspect Kohli to start scoring centuries again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    For winning a test series in Australia 2018 without Smith and Warner in that team?? Naah, it is a massive fall! The dream of winning in all three countries- Australia, England and South Africa goes for a toss now.
    Who is better than him from Asia/India?

    He took over Indian captain in a disastrous time when we were ranked no.7 in test cricket. MS Dhoni was leading us to whitewash after whitewash overseas.

    From there he took the team to number 1 and developed a winning culture where team was not only dominant in home but also started winning overseas. You think without the culture that Kohli created, India would have beaten Australia in Australia with their B team?

    He is the best test captain India ever produced and go down in history as one of the greatest test captains of all time.

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    Dean Elgar 2-1 bashing and SS bullying India led to this

    What a terrible way to end the captaincy career of someone


    The first and only PM of Pakistan to lose the peoples confidence = Imran Khan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Things were never the same after he chose to quit the Australian tour after the Adelaide Test. That decision weakened his standing in Indian cricket considerably as he lost a lot of fan support as well.
    That has nothing to do with him losing the captaincy now. His continuous failure in ICC tournaments as a captain and his attitude towards BCCI was the main reason behind this. He started to think too highly of himself lately which BCCI didn't like.

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    I guess he will retire from all formats of cricket after next year wc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    Day 4 in Cape Town was a day of shame and disgrace for India, not just its cricket team. The whole cricket world is laughing at India.

    Day 5 was a humiliating defeat to a rubbish South African team, caused by Kohli’s tantrum the previous afternoon.

    Today was the day the Indian cricket team starts its recovery from the terrible leadership of a Man-Baby.
    To be honest, the test ended on day 4.

    Day 5 is today, when kohli decided to resign after defeat


    The first and only PM of Pakistan to lose the peoples confidence = Imran Khan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Now with the pressures of captaincy lifted, I suspect Kohli to start scoring centuries again.
    He doesn't deserve a place in this side as a batsman now. Kohli, Pujara and Rahane all 3 needs to go.

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    Will sadly be remembered for his pathetic behaviour as captain in his last test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthazar View Post
    Rahul should take over. But I feel this is a selfish decision by Kohli, leaving in the middle of a test championship and giving no room to the upcoming captain. He should have left after the wtc finals itself.
    Rahul? Rohit will likely become the captain in tests as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    That has nothing to do with him losing the captaincy now. His continuous failure in ICC tournaments as a captain and his attitude towards BCCI was the main reason behind this. He started to think too highly of himself lately which BCCI didn't like.
    That is simply a reference point for the start of his decline in the power circles of Indian cricket, he took his eye off the big picture, which also translated into his performances. Today is just the culmination of those 12 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajdeep View Post
    Who is better than him from Asia/India?

    He took over Indian captain in a disastrous time when we were ranked no.7 in test cricket. MS Dhoni was leading us to whitewash after whitewash overseas.

    From there he took the team to number 1 and developed a winning culture where team was not only dominant in home but also started winning overseas. You think without the culture that Kohli created, India would have beaten Australia in Australia with their B team?

    He is the best test captain India ever produced and go down in history as one of the greatest test captains of all time.
    I hope you are aware of the team that MS Dhoni had between 2011-2014 and then the team that Kohli had after 2014.

    One team was in transition and the other took the role after the transition was over. There is a huge difference. When MSD had a great team, he took them to no 1 test ranking too so it is in all seriousness not a big deal, although Kohli does have a legacy that he is a 1 in that 12-1 streak that India has against Pakistan in World Cups or the shambolic batting display on Day 5 of WTC Final where we couldn't even survive 50 overs to save the test and win/share the inaugural WTC tournament.

    Anyways I am expecting Kohli's PR to come out all in bang trying to vent the frustration out on Ganguly, BCCI, Jay Shah and even Rohit Sharma.

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    -Stepped down from RCB Captaincy
    -Stepped down from T20 Captaincy.
    -Kicked out from ODI Captaincy
    -Stepped down from Test. Captaincy


    I think he is planning for retirement as well.

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    Unceremonious end to an otherwise stellar run as captain. With all the politicking going around and lack of support Kohli had from the BCCI this was bound to happen sooner or later. Still had someone told me Kohli would be gone as captain in 2022, 3-4 years ago, I would have laughed at their face. Kohli at one point was untouchable and BCCI even had no problems sending Kumble home when conflict arose between him and Kohli.

    But Kohli's power in Indian cricket has waned over the last two years because he simply has not been the same batsman he used to be for quite some time now.

    Question is will he ever regain his old form now or are we reaching the fag end of his cricketing career as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    We all back the wrong horse sometimes, just like you did with Kohli.

    Having a decent crop of pace bowlers is not his achievement.

    Neither was winning in Australia a year ago - Rahane did that after Kohli’s team was 36 All Out.

    India had the playing strength to win in England in 2018, the 2019 World Cup, the 2019-20 tour of New Zealand and the 2021 World Test Championship.

    But they lost all four because the skipper was not as good at his job as the batsmen and bowlers could have been.
    Absolutely India had the best bowlers it has had and few world class batsmen under Kohli, yet apart from home dominance, the record is not much to write about to be known as the best captain from Asia.

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    Thanks for mentioning Dhoni's credit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    I hope you are aware of the team that MS Dhoni had between 2011-2014 and then the team that Kohli had after 2014.

    One team was in transition and the other took the role after the transition was over. There is a huge difference. When MSD had a great team, he took them to no 1 test ranking too so it is in all seriousness not a big deal, although Kohli does have a legacy that he is a 1 in that 12-1 streak that India has against Pakistan in World Cups or the shambolic batting display on Day 5 of WTC Final where we couldn't even survive 50 overs to save the test and win/share the inaugural WTC tournament.

    Anyways I am expecting Kohli's PR to come out all in bang trying to vent the frustration out on Ganguly, BCCI, Jay Shah and even Rohit Sharma.
    Trust me, a captain never have a team but they build one. That is the job of captain.

    MSD was a terrific white ball captain and he managed his resources around it to build a world class team. But failed to create similar culture in test matches. He never gave fast bowler proper chances overseas, atrcious field placements (like leg gully etc.) No one stopped Dhoni to develop Umesh Yadav, M.Shami, KL Rahul etc who were all available under him. But he choose to open the bowling with Vinay Kumar in Perth

    Kohli has totally transformed the test side since he took over in 2014. He developed a fast bowling culture and a mindset that helped the team start winning overseas. Even though he never had world class batsmen that Dhoni had his disposal.

    Just when the man is down...there is no need to kick him. He is easily the best captain (in tests) from India/Asia.

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    As Test captain for India:

    Most Matches: Kohli
    Most wins: Kohli
    Most Runs: Kohli
    Most 100s: Kohli
    Most wins in SENA: Kohli

    Still we believe he left too early as Test captain that sums up his legacy as Indian Test Skipper.

    All the best Skip.

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    Things have been brewing between BCCI, the team management and Kohli for a while.

    Even this announcement didn't come from BCCI, it came directly from Kohli.

    I think he walked away before he was pushed.



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    Credit where its due Kohli really made Indian fast bowling improve and world class.

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    I can see Kohli going the DeVilliers route and would retire from cricket altogether very soon. I don't see Kohli playing in low-key series from now onwards. We would see him in away tours and world tournaments for another year or two after which he would completely retire from international cricket (perhaps after 2023 WC). He would continue to play IPL for another 5 years or more though.

    India is now officially in a rebuilding phase as I can see Pujara, Kohli and Rahane not playing much test cricket going forward and if Rohit is not given the test captaincy I don't see Rohit playing beyond a year or so as well. On top of that the likes of Shami, Ashwin and potentially Bumrah (test cricket only) have a year or so left in them. This is a massive rebuilding phase Indian team is going into and certainly I can see their home fortress to be breached soon.

    For Kohli undoubtedly he has been a very successful captain in test arena. Phenomenal home record which quite frankly is unmatched. I understand BCCI is the most powerful board with most resources and finances so they are bound to be on top in cricket as well but to do that in such a phenomenal fashion is quite praiseworthy.

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    Most wins by an Indian captain in Tests (40)

    Most runs by an Indian captain in Tests (5864)

    Most 100s by an Indian captain in Tests (20)

    Most double hundreds by a captain in Tests (7)

    Highest batting average by an Indian captain in Tests (54.80)

    Thank you #ViratKohli

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    For winning a test series in Australia 2018 without Smith and Warner in that team?? Naah, it is a massive fall! The dream of winning in all three countries- Australia, England and South Africa goes for a toss now.
    For winning a test series in Aus being unbeaten at home and leading a series 2-1 in Eng, that's more than what any Asian captain achieved and that's all that matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    He doesn't deserve a place in this side as a batsman now. Kohli, Pujara and Rahane all 3 needs to go.
    Yeah right.
    He will continue as a batsman and will end up with 10k runs in test.

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    KL Rahul will be next captain as per unofficial sources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    No, he will be remembered for what he was yet again in his final Test as skipper.

    A world class batsman, but a spoiled brat, whose temper tantrums frequently caused India to lose winnable Test matches due to his pathetic lack of leadership.

    He actually won a series in Aus and leads a series 2-1 in Eng, along with whitewashing SriLanka, West indies etc.
    That's more than what any Asian captain ever achieved.

    Kohli will retire as the greatest test captain from Asia. The record says it all.

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    Test captains with 5,000 runs and 52-plus batting average:

    Virat Kohli

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