IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli Calls Himself The Worst Player Around, You Will Be Shocked To Know The Reason. Virat Kohli, a former captain of India, spoke candidly about expectations during his dry spell in international cricket. He said that during that time, he had to remain true to himself, even if it made him vulnerable and despite the frustration that began to set in.
In the opening ODI of a three-match series at Guwahati on Tuesday, India defeated Sri Lanka by 67 runs thanks to heroic performances from star batsman Virat Kohli and “Jammu Express” Umran Malik.
On Tuesday, Kohli blasted his 45th ODI century and 73rd overall in international cricket. The batter reached the milestone while playing for India against Sri Lanka in the opening ODI at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.
In a slump, Kohli said that he had become frustrated because cricket was not letting him play the way he wanted to.
IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli Calls Himself The Worst Player Around, You Will Be Shocked To Know The Reason
“But when it dips a little, in my case, frustration started creeping in. Because I wanted to play in the same fashion and people have this expectation, so I play like this, I should play like this, I will have to play like this. But cricket didn’t allow me to play in that fashion. It was a different time for me. And because of that, where my game was, it was very far away. Because my desires and attachments had totally taken over,” Kohli told Suryakumar Yadav in a video posted by BCCI.
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It was at that point, continued Kohli when he realized he couldn’t help but be himself and that he had to be honest with himself and avoid denial.
“That’s when I realized I can’t be away from who I am. I have to be true to myself. Even when I am vulnerable and not playing well, I’m the worst player around, I have to accept it. I can’t be in denial. Because in denial, in my case, a lot of frustration was creeping in and I was getting very cranky, and very snappy in my space, which wasn’t good at all.”
“I did not feel it was fair on anyone around me. Anushka, my close ones. It is not fair to the people that support you and are with you all the time to keep seeing you in that space. I had to take responsibility and put things in perspective,” the former India skipper added.