You Don’t Have to Be a Captain to Lead: Virat Kohli

Jeremy Caroll

Virat Kohli resigned as India’s Test captain earlier this month, following the Indian team’s 1-2 loss to South Africa in the three-match Test series. Despite the fact that he is the most successful Indian captain in history, with 40 victories in 68 Tests led, concerns remain about how the 33-year-old would contribute to the leadership group as a player.

Last year, the 33-year-old also stood down as T20I captain, and he was subsequently dismissed as ODI captain as the selectors preferred a single leader for all white-ball forms. With Rohit Sharma taking over as captain in white-ball forms, Virat Kohli stated that one does not have to be a captain to contribute to the team’s growth and that one can be a leader without being a captain.

“See, I believe that first and foremost you must have a thorough grasp of what you set out to do and whether or not you have met those objectives.

“You must be aware that everything has a tenure and a time period”. “As a batter, you may be able to offer more to the team, so be proud,” Kohli said on an edition of “Fireside Chat with VK.”

“You don’t have to be a captain to be the captain.” When MS Dhoni was on the squad, it wasn’t as if he wasn’t the captain; he was still the person we wanted to hear from.

“You have no control over whether you win or lose; striving for perfection and improving every day is not something you can do in the short term”. When it comes to culture, it will outlast your playing days and your responsibilities,” he remarked.

Moving On Is An Important Part Of Leadership, According To Virat Kohli

This will be the first time in seven years that Virat Kohli will contribute to the squad as a player rather than as captain in any international event. He also recalls playing under MS Dhoni’s captaincy and always thinking of himself as a captain.

Kohli went on to say, “To add to that, moving on is also a component of leadership, to identify the proper moment to do it.” I believe that one must embrace a wide range of responsibilities and possibilities.

“I played with MS Dhoni before becoming captain, and my approach has been same throughout”. “Even though I was only a team player, I always thought like a captain.”

Away from home, Kohli’s India won 16 of 36 matches, for a victory percentage of 44.44, the best for an Indian or Asian captain who has led his side in at least ten matches. Under his captaincy, India lost only five of 24 series.

“I believe it is critical to be conscious of how you perceive yourself. At the end of the day, if you have more responsibilities, you are aware that you may have a different perspective, therefore you must be loyal to yourself. “If I know my game isn’t where it should be, I don’t need someone to push me; I’m aware of it,” Kohli said.

India will now face the West Indies in a series of three one-day internationals (ODIs) beginning February 6th in Ahmedabad and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) beginning February 13th in Kolkata.

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