Not surprised at all: Former India cricketers react to Kohli’s resignation as India Test captain
16 Jan 2022
Bollywood actress and wife of outgoing India Test skipper Anushka Sharma has penned down an emotional letter in support of her husband. In the letter, the actress, who tied the knot with the then all formats skipper of India in 2017, said that she has seen immense growth within and outside of Kohli after being named the Indian skipper in 2014.
“I remember the day in 2014 when you told me that you have been made the captain as MS had decided to retire from test cricket,” she said in a post on her Instagram handle.
Talking about the time when Kohli got the captaincy and the discussion she had with him as a partner and how even MS Dhoni, the then outgoing Test captain was also involved in it, Anushka said, “I remember MS, you & I having a chat later that day & him joking about how quickly your beard will start turning grey. We all had a good laugh about it. Since that day, I’ve seen more than just your beard turning grey. I’ve seen growth. Immense growth. Around you & within you."
"And yes, I am very proud of your growth as the captain of the Indian National Cricket team & what achievements the team had under your leadership. But I’m more proud of the growth you achieved within you," added the 33-year-old.
Below is the full letter.
"In 2014 we were so young & naive. Thinking that just good intentions, positive drive & motives can take you ahead in life. They definitely do but, not without challenges. A lot of these challenges that you faced were not always on the field. But then, this is life right? It tests you in places where you least expect it to but where you need it the most. And my love, I am so proud of you for not letting anything come in the way of your good intentions.
You led by example & gave winning on field every ounce of your energy to the extent that after some losses I’ve sat next to you with tears in your eyes, while you wondered if there's still something more you could have done. This is who you are & this is what you expected from everyone. You've been unconventional & straightforward. Pretence is your foe & this is what makes you great in my eyes & the eyes of your admirers. Because underneath all this were your pure, unadulterated intentions always. And not everyone will be able to truly understand that.
Like I’ve said, truly blessed are those who tried to get to know you beneath what meets the eye. You are not perfect & have your flaws but then again when did you ever try to conceal that? What you did was to always stand up for doing the right thing, the harder thing, always! You held on to nothing with greed, not even this position & I know that. Because when one holds on to something so tightly they limit themselves & you, my love, are limitless.
Our daughter will see the learning of these 7 years in the father that you are to her.
You did good ❤️ ," Anushka signed off.
Earlier on January 15, Virat had decided to quit as Test captain after India lost the series 1-2 to South Africa. He had already quit the captaincy of the T20I side of the nation and was then removed unceremoniously from ODI captaincy before the team for the South Africa series was announced.