Former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has stated that a player does not need to lead a team in order to play a leadership role within a group. He further added that moving on is also a part of leadership, and he is ready to embrace all kinds of roles and opportunities while playing for the team. After losing the Test series in SouthA Africa, Virat Kohli decided to step down as teh captain of Team India from all forms of the game.
In a recent episode of ‘Fireside Chat with VK’, Virat Kohli said, “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. You do not need to be a captain to be the leader.”
He further elaborated, “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 input. 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.”
Virat Kohli reckoned that moving on is also a part of leadership and as a cricketer, he is ready to welcome all kinds of roles and opportunities while playing for the team.
Elaborating the same, Virat Kohli said, “Moving on is also a part of leadership, to understand the right time to do that. I have played under MS Dhoni for a while and then I became the captain, my mindset has been the same. I always thought like a captain when I was just a player in the team. I think it is very important to be aware of what you think about yourself. If I know my game is not where it should be, then I do not need someone to push me, I am myself aware of it.”
At home, Virat Kohli led Team India in such a way that they did not lose or draw a single Test series. He stated that communication is the most important thing, and that has helped him to balance everything while captaining India. Kohli further reckoned that when he became the captain, his focus was to bring out a cultural change in the national team.
Elaborating the same, Virat Kohli said, “Culture is a very difficult thing to change but I have experienced in any field in India it is important to set the culture from the top and that is how things have had an impact in our society. When I became the captain, my focus was on cultural change. I knew we do not lack in skill, I was thinking about maximizing the talent to its potential.”
He also added, “I wanted to not confine my vision and if you want to expand it, then you need culture. Culture requires you to work hard every day. It is a constant process, culture is more important than strategy. As a captain, I was more focused on trying to bring in a culture of we are capable of winning from anywhere.”