Srinagar, Febuary 1: Former Team Indiana skipper and batting superstar Virat Kohli has said that leaving captaincy is part of natural process and even when he was a player he always thought like a captain as he always wanted his team to win.
Virat Kohli stepped down from Test captaincy after South Africa series and before that ge was removed from ODI captaincy. He had also stepped down from T20 captaincy himself.
Speaking with Digit’s Fireside chat with VK, Virat Kohli said, “Everything has a tenure and time period. You obviously have to be aware of that,” Kohli told Digit’s ‘Fireside chat with VK’.
“People might say ‘what this guy has done’ but you know when you think of moving forward and achieving more, you feel like you have done your job”.
“Now as a batsman maybe you have more things to contribute to the team. You can make the team win more. So take pride in that. You don’t need to be a captain to be a leader. As simple as that.”
Kohli also spoke about the time when MS Dhoni was in team and played as player rather than captain.
“When MS Dhoni was in the team it was not like that he was not a leader. He was still the guy we were going to constantly to get inputs from,” he said.
“But for him to understand that, yes it is a natural progression and a natural time for me to take over and take Indian cricket forward to a level that I wanted to and as long as I feel that I have done that job without having materialistic goals, that has a longer-lasting effect.”
Kohli talked about the need of moving on and provide another player freedom to mould the culture of a team.
“Taking the decision to move on is also part of leadership, to understand the right time to do it. To understand that, maybe the environment needs a different direction. Obviously same culture, but a different set of ideas to boost people in a different way and contribute in a different manner.
“One has to embrace all kinds of roles and responsibilities. I have played under MS as a player and I have been the captain of the team for a long time, my mindset has been same.
“I always thought like a captain even when I was a player. I want to make the team win. I have to be my own leader.”