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 this. He said on Wednesday, ‘That was my own point of view though, as a person I was telling myself that I have seen enough ups and downs and I can’t take it anymore. RCB’s team reached the playoffs in 2020 for the first time since 2016. The team was successful in repeating it in the next two seasons as well but could not win the title.
Disappointment started from 2020?
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.
Suddenly the decision was taken, everyone was defeated
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. He also relinquished the captaincy of the Test team after this. After being relieved of the captaincy burden from the Indian team, he decided to relinquish the captaincy of RCB. The 34-year-old Delhi player said there were times in his career when he felt insecure and tried to protect his reputation.
I’ve had insecurities too
He said, ‘I have been playing for a long time, so I need to constantly remind myself about performing well. Even the youngsters in the team have a fresh perspective. Many times I have been under pressure, I have also had a feeling of insecurity. 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’.
He said, ‘But young players used to come to me and ask ‘Why didn’t you hit your ball?’ Then I also used to think ‘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 that how people are looking at my batting, in such a situation I used to forget my natural game many times.
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