Virat Kohli says he stepped down as RCB captain because he needed some space

Virat Kohli announced his decision to step down as IPL captain after announcing that the T20 World Cup will be his final competition as India’s captain in the shortest format.

Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain who stood down after the 2021 IPL season, says he made the decision to allow himself some space and manage his workload.

Kohli confirmed his departure from the IPL after stating that the T20 World Cup will be his final competition as India’s captain in the shortest format.

He was later relieved of his ODI captaincy before stepping down from the five-day leadership job.
“I’m not the type to hold on to things longer than necessary. Even though I know I can do a lot more, if I’m not going to enjoy the process, I’m not going to do it,” Kohli, one of the modern-day greats, said on surrendering the captain’s armband on “The RCB Podcast.”

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People find it tough to understand what a cricketer thinks when making such judgments, according to the former RCB and India captain.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Because it’s tough for others to understand your choices until they’ve been in your shoes. People have their own expectations from the outside. Oh! What happened to cause that? Kohli, who is about to play his 100th Test, continued, “We are very stunned.”

“There’s no need to be surprised. I explain to folks that I needed some distance and needed to manage my workload, and that’s where the narrative stops.”

From the beginning of the IPL until last season, RCB has never won the lucrative event.

“There was actually nothing at all,” Kohli said, referring to all of the conversations that people had regarding his decision. I keep my life simple and straightforward; when I needed to make a decision, I did so and proclaimed it.

“I didn’t want to ponder and think about it for another year.” That would have had no effect on me or the environment in which I live. To me, the quality of life is extremely important. And cricket’s quality is something that I place a high value on.

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Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

“Over time, you want to do what you’re doing day in and day out and do as much as you can,” Kohli explained. “But at the end of the day, you have to know that quality is far more important than quantity.”

In addition, the exquisite top-order hitter stated that he has always been himself.

“Quality in execution trumps quantity in hard work.” That is crucial. You’ll burn out if you go for quantity above quality in execution. If I can’t be myself in my daily life and on the field, I’m going to change something.

“It’s because I’m who I am.” That is why I am in this situation. And it is for this reason that people may relate to me on some level. He signed out by saying, “My loved ones, individuals close to me, my friends, they all related to me because of that component, because I’ve always been myself.”

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