Virat Kohli reveals thought behind quitting RCB Captaincy
India batter Virat Kohli has said that his resignation from the captaincy comes as no surprise because he does not hold to things more than he should.
Last year, Kohli stepped down as India’s T20I captain, and he was later removed as the ODI captain. Kohli also stepped down as India’s Test captain earlier this year. Last year, the batter also opted to step down as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and the franchise will be led by a new captain this season.
“I am not someone who holds onto things more than I should. Even if I know I can do a lot more, if I am not going to enjoy the process, I’m not going to do it. Because it’s very difficult for people to understand your decisions unless they are in your situation. From the outside, people have their own expectations ‘Oh! How did that happen? We are so shocked’,” Kohli said on the RCB Podcast.
“There’s nothing to shocked about. I explain to people, I wanted some space and I wanted to manage my workload and the story ends there. There was actually nothing at all. I keep my life very simple and basic, when I wanted to make a decision, I made a decision and I announced it,” he added.
Further talking about his decision, Kohli said: “I didn’t want to think about it and contemplate it for another year. That would have done nothing to me, nothing to the environment I’m part of. Quality of life is something very important to me. And the quality of cricket is something very important to me.”
“Over a period of time, you want to do what you’re doing day-in-and-day-out and you want to do as much as you can, but at the end of the day, you have to realize that quality is far more important than quantity. Quantity in hard work, quality in execution,” he added.
Kohli hasn’t hit a century since November of this year. In international cricket, his final century came in a day-night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens.
The batter’s next appearance will be in a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka, in which he will also play his 100th Test.