Virat Kohli aims to remain the ‘leader’ of Team India despite relinquishing captaincy

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Last couple of months has been quite tumultuous for the former Indian skipper Virat Kohli. The Kohli-BCCI saga was heavily discussed. He was removed as ODI captain and had resigned as Test and T20 skipper. India also had a tough time in South Africa as they suffered a crushing ODI series defeat and The Proteas managed to clinch a 2-1 comeback victory against India as well. Now, Virat Kohli wants to fully focus on his batting performance but he also believes he doesn’t have to be the captain to be the ‘leader.’

Virat Kohli has “more things to contribute to the team” as a batsman

Kohli recently opened up on the controversy during a podcast with Digit, a company in which he has invested in the past and now is the brand ambassador. He shared his take on the matter.  He said that he doesn’t need to be a captain to be a leader and has a role as a batsman to make the team win more’ and will take pride in that.

“Everything has a tenure and time period,” he replied to a question about giving up captaincy. “You obviously have to be aware of that. People might say ‘what has this guy done?’ but you know that when you think of moving forward and achieving more, you feel like you have done your job.

“Now as a batsman, you may have more things to contribute to the team. You can make the team win more. So, take pride in that. You don’t need to be a captain to be a leader. As simple as that,” he said.

Rohit Sharma will take the charge of the side in both the limited-overs series as the skipper and he has returned back to full fitness. He had missed out on the South Africa tour due to injury. The upcoming three-match ODI series between India and West Indies will commence with the first ODI on February 6. It will be played behind closed doors due to safety restrictions.

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