Shocked: Rohit Sharma as Virat Kohli quits as India Test captain

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Opening batsman Rohit Sharma on Sunday expressed shock at the sudden decision of Virat Kohli to step down as captain of the Test team.

Sharma, who was appointed as captain of the ODI team in December, is considered the frontrunner for the Test skipper role.

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Taking to Instagram, Sharma wrote, “Shocked!! But congratulations on a successful stint as Indian captain.” He wished Kohli the best for his future.

Kohli’s decision had surprised cricket fans and former players. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly lauded Virat Kohli for taking the team forward in all forms of cricket during his stint as India skipper, but said his decision to quit Test captaincy was a personal one.

Under Kohli, India won 40 out of 68 Tests, with memorable series wins in England and Australia being the highlight.

“Under Virat’s leadership Indian cricket has made rapid strides in all formats of the game ..his decision is a personal one and bcci respects it immensely ..he will be an important member to take this team to newer heights in the future. A great player. well done .. @BCCI @imVkohli,” Ganguly tweeted.