A senior BCCI official reportedly offered a farewell match as captain to Kohli in Bengaluru during a phone call on Friday. Owing to the fact that Bangalore is his second home due to the RCB factor, this would’ve been a fitting end to his stint as India’s captain in the longest format of the game. However, the batting maestro denied it, and wasn’t interested in the offer.
If Virat Kohli had wanted, he could have quit as Test captain amid fanfare, after celebrating his 100th Test in Bengaluru, his IPL home, against Sri Lanka in late February. A senior BCCI official offered a farewell match as captain to Kohli and a gala in Bengaluru during a phone call on Friday when he conveyed the decision to step down. Kohli refused. “One match makes no difference. That’s not how I am,” he is known to have said.
That meant Kohli’s highly successful stint as Test skipper ended with defeat, which has also resulted in a series loss. His predecessor, MS Dhoni, called an end to Test captaincy and career after a draw in the 2014 Melbourne Test, after playing 90 matches.
“One match makes no difference. That’s not how I am,” is what Virat Kohli is known to have said according to Hindustan Times. Thus, this means that his tenure as India’s Test skipper ended with a series defeat. This report further stated that he wanted to give up the pressures and responsibilities that come as captain to focus on batting.
At the time of making this decision public, the Delhi batter spoke with head coach Rahul Dravid, his teammates in the dressing room at Newlands cricket ground, and then to BCCI.