Former skipper Virat Kohli in his recent podcast with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opens up about his thoughts on why he left the leadership of the IPL franchise, after announcing his decision to quit the captaincy in the shortest format for team India.
Kohli, who served as the captain of the RCB for long 9 years, said that he wanted to give some space to himself and manage his workload.
Virat’s decision to call off his captaincy duties for RCB came as a surprise for all the cricket viewers across the world. Soon after his decision to relinquish T20I leadership, BCCI sacked him from the ODIs as well, to maintain the regularity in both the white-ball formats in terms of thoughts and aspirations.
To put fans and supporters under immense jeopardy, the former Indian skipper opted to step down from his Test captaincy as well after leading India in a misfired attempt against South Africa in the Rainbow nation.
“I’m not someone who holds onto things more than I should. Even if 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 said on “The RCB Podcast” about dropping the captain’s armband.
The former Indian captain asserted that the outsiders don’t know about the cricketer’s situation and have their own expectations.
“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’,” added Kohli, who is on the verge of playing his 100th Test in Mohali against Sri Lanka.
“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.”
Kohli, who is regarded as one of the modern-day greats, further cleared the air by rubbishing all the stories that brewed up among the people after he announced his decision.
“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.”
“I didn’t want to think about it and contemplate it for another year. That would’ve 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,” the cricketer added.