On Monday Virat Kohli revealed why he decided to leave the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore after this IPL and from the T20I captaincy. He explained why the workload needs to be managed for him.
Virat Kohli is leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore team for the last time in the Indian Premier League. Ahead of the second half of the IPL 2021, Kohli also declared to step down from the T20I captaincy of Indian cricket team after the upcoming World Cup. On Monday, he gave explanation for both in detail. He said, “I had to manage my workload at some stage, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to keep going on through the year captaining every Indian team in all three formats and the IPL. As a batsman, you have to make sure you are contributing in the best way possible for your team. I didn’t want to compromise on the enjoyment of the game also.”
During the interaction with Star Sports he also added, “I didn’t want to be operating at 80% and be miserable in a team environment where I can’t contribute my whole energy to the group very organically. I didn’t want to have a structure around me where I felt like I’m not able to be like myself on the field because my job is to make sure I’m in the best frame of mind to contribute for my team.”
Kohli went on to say how he wants to continue to be the leader by motivating the youngsters with his performance. “And that is a very unselfish thing to do because what you actually want to do is provide the best out there for your team. And potentially have another guy (as captain) who has a fresh energy and fresh set of ideas to still carry that culture forward and you still continue to be the leader by motivating the youngsters.”