When I took over as captain, I wanted to focus on cultural transformation : Virat Kohli

Jeremy Caroll

Virat Kohli is without a doubt one of the finest captains in cricket history, as well as India’s most successful skipper in terms of stats. In his 68 Test matches as captain, he led India to 40 Test victories, as well as reaching the finals of two ICC tournaments: the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2021 World Test Championship.

Virat Kohli’s fantastic leadership tenure for the Indian team will be marred by losing both of those finals and not winning any ICC trophy, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that he lifted the standard for the Indian team in many ways. Kohli’s aggression has instilled all of these qualities in the Indian squad, whether it’s fitness, drive, or a never-say-die mindset.

He also made several changes to the Indian team ethos, which shifted from MS Dhoni’s calm and cool to an aggressive, give it back to the opponent mindset.

Culture is a very tough thing to alter,” Kohli said of Team India’s culture. “I have seen that in every industry in India, culture must be created from the top, and that is how things have influenced our society.” When I took over as captain, I wanted to focus on cultural transformation. I was thinking about how to use the talent to its full extent because I knew we didn’t lack in talent.

I didn’t want to limit my view, and if you want to broaden it, you need culture. Every day, you must work hard in order to survive in this culture. It is a continuous process in which culture takes precedence over strategy. As captain, I was more concerned with developing the belief that “we can win from wherever.”

The Most Important Thing Is Communication Virat Kohli On Sending the message across

While the miscommunication between Virat Kohli and the BCCI selection panel, as well as BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, was the main focus after Kohli stepped down as T20I captain and was then sacked as ODI captain, the 33-year-old stated that he focused on having clear communication with his teammates.

“Communication is the most crucial thing; you cannot shut someone off and say, ‘I don’t need your point of view.’ Instead, you may politely say, ‘I am in a good space.’ If support is needed, I will reach out to you.’ “For me, that kind of balance has worked out,” he continued.

From February 6 onwards, Kohli will be seen in action against the West Indies.

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