Former India skipper Virat Kohli has explained why he left the captaincy in all formats of the game. Kohli first announced his decision to step down as India skipper in T20Is along with Bangalore skipper. Ahead of the South Africa tour, he was removed from ODI captaincy. After the Test series against South Africa, he left the Test captaincy.
Talking about the Bangalore captaincy, he started leading the team in 2013 replacing Daniel Vettori. The 33-year-old led the team in 140 games, the second-highest among the Indian T20 League captains. Kohli opened up on giving up leadership roles and said he doesn’t hold on to things if he is not enjoying them, adding that people will only understand his calls only if they were in his place.
“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’,” Kohli said on the RCB Podcast.
The 99-Test player added that there is nothing to shock about as he wanted to manage his workload. “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,” he added.