Virat Kohli has stepped down as Test captain for the second time in less than a month. Several names have surfaced as probable candidates to replace the 33-year-old in the customary style during this time. While several veterans of the game have shown their support for Rohit Sharma, former Australia captain and cricket icon Ricky Ponting has also jumped on board, endorsing him.
Ricky Ponting said on The ICC Review that he was startled when he discovered that India’s most successful Test captain, Virat Kohli, stepped down.
Kohli and the Indian team’s current challenges are discussed in depth in a wide-ranging critique of captaincy. Ponting also discussed who could be able to replace the huge vacuum left by the departure of the captain, as well as paying homage to the departed skipper’s accomplishments at the helm.
On January 15, Virat Kohli struck a bombshell by announcing his intention to step down as captain of the Indian Test squad in a statement. The decision came a day after India was defeated by South Africa in the last Test of the 2021/22 series, with the Proteas completing a dramatic comeback to win 2-1 after trailing 0-1 following the first Test.
Kohli’s decision to step down as Test captain astonished everyone, especially because he had previously stood down as captain of the T20I team and had been demoted from the job in the ODI scheme of things.
“I think the proof is in the pudding with what he has done at the Mumbai Indians since that moment on. He has been a very successful leader there and has been when he has led India on a few occasions as well. If I go back to what I said at the start about being on top of your game when you take over a captaincy role, then it is pretty hard to argue after what he has done with his Test cricket in the last 2-3 years. He has played as well as anybody in the world through that period of time, and we know how good he is as a white-ball player.”
“They (BCCI) will have a decision to make what they want to do with their roles as well, whether they split roles or they want to keep the same captain for all formats,” he said.