Reactions to Kohli stepping down as India test skipper

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Following are reactions to cricketer Virat Kohli stepping down as the captain of the test team after seven years on Saturday.

INDIAN CRICKET BOARD (BCCI)

“BCCI congratulates #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli for his admirable leadership qualities that took the test team to unprecedented heights. He led India in 68 matches and has been the most successful captain with 40 wins.”

BCCI SECRETARY JAY SHAH

“Congratulations to @imVkohli on a tremendous tenure as #TeamIndia captain. Virat turned the team into a ruthless fit unit that performed admirably both in India and away. The Test wins in Australia & England have been special.”

FORMER INDIA BATSMAN SURESH RAINA

“Although I also am shocked by @imVkohli sudden decision, I respect his call. I can only applaud him for what he has done for world cricket & India.

“Easily one of the most aggressive and fittest players India has had. Hope he’d continue to shine for India as a player.”

FORMER INDIA PACE BOWLER IRFAN PATHAN

“Whenever the talk of Indian cricket captains will arise in test cricket @imVkohli‘s name will be up there, not only for results but the kind of impact he had as a captain. Thank you #ViratKohli.”

FORMER INDIA SEAM BOWLER RP SINGH

“#Virat should be proud of his 7 year stint. He has achieved some remarkable things for Indian cricket.”

FORMER INDIA SPINNER PRAGYAN OJHA

“Indian cricket always had a leader who added a different value to the team and inculcated some of their characteristics to make a difference.

“Virat will always be remembered as an aggressive leader who changed the way everyone looked at fitness.

FORMER INDIA WICKET-KEEPER PARTHIV PATEL

“#ViratKohli has been the most successful Test captain for India and he can take pride in his accomplishments. Congratulations for a fine innings as captain.”

FORMER INDIA ALL-ROUNDER YUSUF PATHAN

“Not the news which I wanted to read but you have done some amazing job as a leader to #IndianCricketTeam be proud of yourself @imVkohli.”

(Compiled by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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