Former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli shared the introspection he went through during the break from cricket, saying he will leave no stone unturned in helping his team win even if it means he is gasping for breath when he walks off the field. The 33-year-old Kohli will be coming back to competitive cricket at the Asia Cup for the first time since playing against England in July earlier this year. If he plays in India’s opening game against Pakistan on August 28, it will mark his 100th T20I.
On the eve of the much-awaited clash between India and Pakistan, in a video shared by the BCCI, Virat Kohli said: “I’m a person who wakes up and feels okay, let’s see what the day has for me and be part of everything that I’m doing through the day with absolute presence and involvement and happiness. That’s how it has always been.”
He further added, “People ask me a lot – ‘how do you do this on the field and carry on with so much intensity?’ I just tell them that I love playing the game, I love the fact that I have so much to contribute every ball and I give every inch of my energy in the field.”
Up close and personal with @imVkohli!
Coming back from a break, Virat Kohli speaks about the introspection, the realisation and his way forward! 👍
Full interview coming up on https://t.co/Z3MPyeKtDz 🎥
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2022
Elaborating the same, Virat Kohli said, “For me, it never felt abnormal. People within the team ask me ‘how do you keep up with it?’ and I just say one simple thing that I want to make my team win at any cost and if that means I am gasping for breath when I walk off the field so be it because that’s the kind of preparation, I go through to be able to play like that. So, that was not happening naturally and I had to push myself but I just didn’t know it.”
Kohli has been witnessing a rough patch with the bat, managing to score just 76 runs across one Test match, two T20Is, and two ODIs against England in July 2022. He batted with intent but failed to convert his starts into big ones.