Former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli reasoned the decision to resign as the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, saying it was a simple and straightforward call for him as he wanted some space and time to manage his workload. Kohli said it’s very difficult for the outsiders to understand the decisions taken by cricketers and rubbished speculation surrounding his decision.
Virat Kohli decided to reign as the captain of the RCB midway during the 2nd leg of IPL 2021 in the UAE. The RCB star also quit as India’s T20I captain last year before he was sacked as an ODI skipper. Kohli also decided to also quit as India’s Test captain earlier this year after the Asian giants suffered a 1-2 defeat in a 3-Test series in South Africa.
During a chat on “The RCB Podcast”, Virat Kohli said, “I’m not someone who holds onto things more than I should. Even if I know I can do a lot more, if I’m 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.”
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He further added, “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.”
Rubbishing all the conversations that people had about his decision, Kohli cleared the air saying, “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. I didn’t want to think about it and contemplate it for another year. “
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Explaining his point of view further, Virat Kohli said, “That would’ve done nothing to me, nothing to the environment I’m part of. Quality of life is something very important to me. And the quality of cricket is something very important to me. Over a period of time, you want to do what you’re doing day-in-and-day-out and you want to do as much as you can, but at the end of the day, you have to realize that quality is far more important than quantity.”
RCB are yet to name their new captain for the IPL 2022 season. While all-rounder Glenn Maxwell can be the leader of the franchise, their new recruit Faf du Plessis, who has experience of leading the Proteas in the past, is also being tipped for the top job. Kohli ended his tenure as RCB skipper after leading the side in 132 matches over a period of close to a decade.