Batting star Virat Kohli explained his decision to quit the role of captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore at the end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, saying it was simple and straightforward call for him as he wanted some space and time to manage his workload.
Kohli said it’s very difficult for people on the outside to understand the decisions taken by cricketers and rubbished speculation surrounding his decision. Kohli decided to give up RCB captaincy 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 ODI captain. Kohli, in an unforeseen call, 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.
“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,” Kohli said on “The RCB Podcast”.
“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’,” he 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.”
I KEEP MY LIFE VERY SIMPLE AND BASIC: KOHLI
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. 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,” stressed Kohli.
RCB are yet to name their new captain for the IPL 2022 season. While all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is a frontrunner for the role, their new recruit Faf du Plessis, who has experience of leading South Africa in the past, is also being tipped for the top job.
Kohli ended his tenure as RCB captain after leading the side in 132 matches over a period of close to 10 years. However, the star batter was not able to lead the team to an IPL trophy.
Kohli was retained for Rs 15 crore by RCB ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction even as the star batter stressed when would want to play for the Bengaluru-based franchise until he plays in the cash-rich T20 tournament.