No name discussed yet- BCCI official says lots of time left to name new India Test captain- Report

Virat Kohli stepped down as India Test captain after leading in 68 matches and winning 40.

Virat Kohli | AFPThe Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) will need to appoint a new Test captain of the Indian team after Virat Kohli, in a shocking announcement, stepped down as Test captain on January 15. This came a day after India lost the three-Test series against South Africa 1-2.

Kohli had been leading the side in Test cricket since January 2015 and leaves as the most successful Indian captain ever in the longest format. While there are a lot of names being discussed for the next Indian Test captain in media, as per the NDTV report, BCCI is in no hurry to name a new captain.

Speaking to NDTV, a top BCCI official has confirmed that the selection committee will recommend the name of the next Test captain and that "no name has been discussed yet". India’s next Test assignment is against Sri Lanka at home in February-March.

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The official further stated that Rohit Sharma is the designated vice-captain. Responding to a query on whether KL Rahul is the leading choice to replace Kohli in Tests, the official said that the selectors will deliberate all options and make the final recommendation.

Virat Kohli had taken over the reins on the Indian Test team in 2015 after MS Dhoni retired in midst of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy down under. In 68 Tests, he captained, Kohli won 40 matches, making him the most successful Indian captain ever in the red-ball format.

Under his captaincy, India remained undefeated at home, winning all 11 series on their own soil and winning overseas against Sri Lanka, West Indies, and a maiden Test series win in Australia.

Under him, the team reclaimed the top spot in the ICC Test rankings, and also qualified for the final of the first-ever ICC World Test Championship.


By Jatin Sharma - 17 Jan, 2022

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