India’s Virat Kohli has resigned as captain of the test team after the 2-1 series defeat by South Africa, the player said in a statement on Saturday.
“It’s been seven years of hard work, effort and relentless perseverance every day to guide the team in the right direction. I did the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out,” Kohli wrote on Twitter.
“Eventually everything ground to a halt and for me as the Test Captain of India it is now. There have been many ups and some downs along the way, but there has never been a lack of effort or faith.”
Kohli, 33, relinquished the post of Twenty20 captain in September and was replaced as a one-day international skipper in December, with opener Rohit Sharma taking over in both formats.
Kohli, who took the reins in 2014, led India in 68 Tests, winning 40 games and losing 17.