The last few months have seen some major changes in Indian cricket. After Virat Kohli quit the T20I captaincy after the 20-20 World Cup 2021, he was replaced by Rohit Sharma as the ODI skipper. Post which, he stepped down as India’s Test captain as well.
It is to be noted that the 33-year-old announced his decision to quit the red-ball captaincy just a day after India lost the Test series to South Africa by 1-2. Thus, Kohli is no longer India’s captain in either of the three formats. Besides, he decided to leave the captaincy of Bangalore in the Indian T20 league as well.
However, Kohli said that there is nothing to be shocked about him leaving the captaincy. While speaking on Bangalore’s podcast, the batting maestro said that he isn’t someone who holds onto things for too long. He also stated that it’s very difficult for other people to understand someone’s decision unless they are in that person’s situation.
“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’.
There’s nothing to be 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,” said Virat Kohli.
Further on, the Delhi batter said that he didn’t want to think about it and contemplate about it for another year. He then stressed the importance of “quality of life”. Kohli also said that this quality is very important for him.
“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,” he added.