Virat Kohli, on Saturday, announced his decision to retire as the Test Captain of the Indian cricket team. He ended his seven-year reign as India's most successful Test captain after the series defeat against South Africa. The unexpected decision left his fans and cricket lovers across the country emotional and shocked. Extending support to Virat and his decision to step down, Anushka Sharma penned a heartfelt note on Instagram.
Anushka, married to Virat, recalled the day he was made the captain in 2014 after MS Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket. The actress further remembered a fun conversation with Virat and Dhoni. Lauding him for his growth and achievements over the years, Anushka wrote, "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. 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."
She added, "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."
Anushka praised her husband and shared, "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." She ended her note by saying, "Our daughter will see the learning of these 7 years in the father that you are to her. You did good."
Announcing his decision to retire as the Test captain of India, Virat wrote, "It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Every thing has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now."