Former India skipper Virat Kohli, who recently resigned from all forms of captaincy, has said that one does not has to be a captain to be a leader. Kohli cited MS Dhoni’s example and said that MS Dhoni was a leader in the team even when he wasn’t captaining the team. Dhoni called his time on the captaincy in January 2017 and kept playing till the 2019 ODI World Cup under Kohli. The former wicketkeeper batter used to set fields and instruct the bowlers, at the same time giving inputs to Kohli.
“You do not need to be a captain to be the leader. When MS Dhoni was in the team, it was not like he was not the leader, he was still the guy from whom we wanted to have inputs. To win or not win is not in your hands, the striving for excellence and to be better every day, is not something you can do short term. When it comes to a culture, it will last beyond your playing years and your responsibility,” said Kohli on an episode of ‘Fireside Chat with VK’.
Kohli further said that all good things comes to an end and one has to accept the fact. He added that he will look to contribute to the team’s cause as a batter. “See, I think firstly you need to have a complete understanding of what you set out to achieve and whether you have achieved those targets or not. Everything has a tenure and time period, so you have to be aware of it. As a batter, you might be able to give more to the team, so take pride in that,” he added.