Asia Cup 2022: Was not able to get that high intensity naturally, pushed myself to do it, says Virat Kohli
Asia Cup 2022: When India and Pakistan kick off their Group A campaigns on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium, the “greatest rivalry” in cricket will resume. Additionally, it will be legendary Indian hitter Virat Kohli‘s 100th T20I outing and his first international game since taking the field in the third ODI against England on July 17.
After a month and a half away from the Indian team, Kohli has now acknowledged that his high level of focus on the field did not come easily. Kohli recognised that despite how he felt.
“For me, it never felt abnormal. A lot of people on the outside and even within the team, ask me how do you keep up with it. I just say one simple thing: I want to make my team win at any cost and if that means, I am gasping for breath when I walk off the field, so be it.”
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“That’s the kind of preparation I go through, to be able to play like that. Toh woh naturally nahi ho raha tha, aur mujhe push karna pad raha tha (I was not able to get that high intensity naturally, I was pushing myself to do it). But I just didn’t know it,” said Kohli in a short video as a teaser of a full interview posted by the BCCI on their social media accounts.
Kohli also spoke on the amaze people have when he shows high intensity on the field and logic behind it. “I am a person who wakes up and feels like, okay let’s see what the day has for me and be part of everything that I am doing through the day with absolute presence, involvement and happiness. That is who I have always been.”
“People ask me a lot how do you deal with this on the field and how do you carry on with such same intensity. I just tell them I love playing the game and I love the fact that I have so much to contribute every ball and I would give my every inch of energy on the field.”
Given that he hasn’t recorded a century in international cricket since November 2019, Kohli has been through an extended slump. This year, he has only participated in 16 matches for India, four of them were T20Is.