Virat Kohli left the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2021.
Kohli had made up his mind to leave the captaincy after the 2021 T20 World Cup.
New Delhi. Indian batsman Virat Kohli said on his decision to step down as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season that he had lost ‘confidence’ in himself and his work was done for this. The ‘passion’ had also reduced. Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the RCB team was at the bottom of the IPL point table in 2017 and again in 2019. After leaving the command of the Indian T20 team, Kohli also left the captaincy of RCB in the 2021 season. Faf du Plessis of South Africa became the captain of the team in his place.
Virat Kohli told the players of the women’s team before RCB’s match against UP Warriors in the Women’s Premier League (WPL), “At the time when my captaincy tenure was coming to an end, to be honest, I did not have much confidence in myself.” There was no emotion left in me about it. He said, “Although that was my own perspective, as a person I was telling myself that I have seen enough ups and downs and cannot take it anymore.
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RCB’s team reached the playoffs for the first time in 2020 after 2016. The team was successful in repeating it in the next two seasons as well, but could not win the title. He said, “In the next season (2020), new players joined the team, they had new ideas and it was like another chance. He was very excited, personally I may not have been that excited, but with his positive energy, we reached the playoffs three years in a row. This former captain of the Indian team said, “We start every season with the same enthusiasm as before. I still feel excited. It is a collective responsibility to make the team successful, if someone lacks confidence then other players encourage him.
Tried to save my reputation: Virat
Virat Kohli had made up his mind to step down as India’s T20 captain after the 2021 T20 World Cup. He was later dropped from the ODI captaincy. After this, he also left the captaincy of the Test team. After being relieved of the captaincy burden from the Indian team, he decided to leave the post of RCB captain. The 34-year-old Delhi player said there were times in his career when he felt insecure and tried to save his reputation.
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‘Many times I have been under pressure, I have also had a sense of insecurity’
He said, “I have been playing for a long time, so I need to constantly remind myself about good performance. Even the youngsters in the team have a fresh perspective. Many times I have been under pressure, there has been a feeling of insecurity inside me too. I have tried to match my performance with my reputation. I used to tell myself that ‘Oh, I am Virat Kohli, I have to perform in every match. I can’t afford to get out’.”
‘I used to forget my natural game at times’
He said, “But young players used to come to me and ask why didn’t you hit the ball?” Then I also used to think that ‘they are right’. I couldn’t even think about it on the field because something else was going on in my mind. I used to think how people are looking at my batting. In such a situation, many times he used to forget his natural game.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 16, 2023, 15:07 IST