Virat Kohli left the cricketing world in shock on Saturday after he announced that he was quitting India captaincy in the Test format. The star batter made the announcement on social media, a day after India lost the three-match series against South Africa 1-2.
Under Virat Kohli, the Indian Test team rose to the top of the world rankings and also notched up its maiden series win in Australia in 2018-2019. The series triumph against the Aussies perhaps underlined the leadership skills of Virat Kohli, who wore his heart on his sleeve. He signed off with 40 wins and 17 losses in 68 Tests as captain which is the best win percentage and most wins of any Indian skipper in Tests.
Virat Kohli Is A True Leader For Being The Inspiration For Young Cricketers: Mohammad Amir
Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir took to Twitter to congratulate Virat Kohli for his outstanding stint as India Test captain. Mohammad Amir said that Virat Kohli is a “true leader” and an “inspiration for young cricketers”.
“@imVkohli brother for me u are a true leader of the upcoming generation in cricket because u are the inspiration for young Cricketers. keep rocking on and of the field,” wrote Amir on Twitter.
The left arm-pacer Mohammad Amir has represented Pakistan in 36 Test matches, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is. He has also played for Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Karachi Kings. In addition, he has recently played for Barbados Royals during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021.
The pacer played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is before announcing retirement. Mohammad Amir has represented the Pakistan cricket team in 50 T20I matches, scalping 59 wickets at an economy rate of 7.02. His last appearance for the Pakistan cricket team came during the side’s England tour last year.
He was a part of the playing XI that played in the second T20I of the series in Manchester on August 30, 2020. He represented Pakistan in 36 Tests and took 119 wickets at an average of 30.47. He also featured in 61 ODIs and claimed 81 wickets at an average of 29.62.
Virat Kohli Is Most Successful Test Skipper
Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain when it comes to the number of wins in the longest format. He had led India in 68 Tests, registering 40 victories and with a win percentage of 58.82. Under Virat Kohli’s leadership in 2018-19, India scripted history by becoming the first Asian team to register a Test series win in Australia.
Under his leadership, India also stayed on top of the ICC Test Rankings for consecutive years and reached the final of the ICC World Test Championship in 2021. However, India went on to lose the WTC final to New Zealand. India will play their next Test match against Sri Lanka at home and the BCCI now has the task of finding a new captain for the Indian team in the longest format.
When Virat Kohli took full-time charge of the Test team, in Australia in 2014-15 after MS Dhoni’s shock decision to retire mid-series, India was languishing as low as seventh in the ICC rankings.
From there to taking the team to No. 1 in the world rankings and staying there for five years had been a spectacular turnaround. Virat Kohli won 40 Test matches, which is 13 more than next-best MS Dhoni.