“I have made many mistakes,” Virat Kohli makes honest confession about his India captaincy
The 34-year-old also further stated that those mistakes were not intended and he never did anything with selfish motives.
Former India captain Virat Kohli who took over the captaincy baton from MS Dhoni in 2014 in Tests and 2017 in white-ball cricket made an honest confession about his captaincy tenure. Kohli admitted that he has made quite a few mistakes and he has no shame in accepting that. The 34-year-old also further stated that those mistakes were not intended and he never did anything with selfish motives.
Notably, Virat Kohli led India in over 200 games across three formats and maintained a decent win percentage. However, he failed to lead India to an ICC title which led to his downfall as captain. But that could not take away the domination India achieved under Kohli, especially in red-ball cricket. India remained at the top of the ICC rankings in Test cricket for five consecutive terms under Kohli.
The team also achieved some famous wins in SENA countries which remain the highlight of Kohli’s captaincy. However, there were a few major mistakes made which led to severe criticism. Dropping Ajinkya Rahane amid a crucial Test series in South Africa and other such blunders left a stain on Kohli’s captaincy. Now, talking about those mistakes, the former India captain has said that those actions were solely for the team’s benefit and not his own.
“I have no shame in accepting that I have made many mistakes when I was captain but the one thing I know for sure that I never did anything for my own selfish motives. My only goal was to take the team forward, failures will keep happening but intent was never in the wrong place,” Kohli said in an episode of ‘Let There Be Sport’, which is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
What is leadership for Virat Kohli?
The former India captain also talked about his definition of leadership. Kohli revealed how he learnt about these things from MS Dhoni under whom he played a majority of his cricket. “Leadership I learnt from many people. I learnt a lot from MS because I played the majority of my career under him. In general, leadership is taking responsibility for yourself. If you can’t take responsibility for yourself, you can’t take responsibility for any other person,” said Kohli.
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