Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has expressed his surprise at Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as Test captain. Kohli also stepped down as captain of the Indian Test team earlier this month and is now playing as a batsman. He had previously stepped down as captain of the T20 team following the T20 World Cup, and the selectors had also removed him as captain of the ODI team. In any format, Virat is no longer the captain.
Virat enjoyed being the Test captain.
Ponting told the ICC, “In a conversation with the ICC, “Yes, I was quite taken aback. Perhaps I had a conversation with Virat during the first phase of the IPL 2021, and he mentioned leaving the ODI or T20 team captaincy. He was a fervent supporter of Test captaincy. That was his ideal job. Clearly, the Indian Test team had accomplished a great deal while he was in charge. I was taken aback when I heard this.”
“You can tell how much he enjoys his job just by watching him play for hours. How much he wants the team to win and for Indian cricket to do well. I was taken aback, but then I began to consider other possibilities. I began to ponder. As captain, I had my own time. I’ve stated on the record that I probably thought I’d played a few more years of cricket. I believe I should have been the team’s captain for as long as I was able. For more than two years, he was the captain.”