Virat Kohli surprised Indian cricket fans on Saturday (January 15) with his decision to quit Test captaincy. His announcement came as a shock for many fans who believed he couldn't have easily led the team for another couple of years.
Kohli had a great record in Test format with 40 wins in 68 matches, and fans feel it is difficult to replace him as a Test captain. He last led the side in South Africa, where they came close to winning the Test series, but eventually lost by 2-1.
The 33-year-old, in his post, wrote that he can't be dishonest with his team and continue without giving his best. "I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can't do that, I know it's not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team," he wrote.
The Twitterati were emotional after his announcement and they recalled his achievements as a captain. Few praised him for his energy on the field, while some of them mentioned his important role in building a strong Test squad, including a lethal fast-bowling unit.
Kohli is fourth in the list of captains with the most Test wins behind South Africa's Graeme Smith (53) and Australia's Ricky Ponting (43) and Steve Waugh (41).
Here are the reactions from fans: