Kohli said ‘Didn’t want to operate at 80% and be miserable in a team environment’ his decision to step down as RCB captain

Kohli: Days after making major career decisions, the 32-year-old finally explained why he took a move that caused a stir on the cricket field.

Virat Kohli‘s decision to step down from the leadership of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. After the Indian Premier League (IPL) was completed in 2021 was an absolute shock to all of his fans.

The franchise had confirmed the developments last month after Kohli surprised the world by announcing. That he would step down as captain of India in the game’s shorter format. After the T20 World Cup ended in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Days after making important decisions in a row in his career. The 32-year-old finally explained why he took a move that caused a stir on the cricket field.

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During his speech on Star Sports “Inside RCB”. Kohli said that he wanted to cope with his workload in international cricket and IPL, so he decided to step down as captain.

“I had to manage my workload at some stage. It wouldn’t have been possible for me to keep going on through the year captaining every Indian team in all three formats and the IPL. As a batsman, you have to make sure you are contributing in the best way possible for your team. I didn’t want to compromise on the enjoyment of the game also,” Kohli said on Star Sports.

Kohli further stated that he did not want to get into a situation. Where he could not give 100 percent on the field due to management responsibility.

“I didn’t want to be operating at 80% and be miserable in a team environment where I can’t contribute my whole energy to the group very organically. I didn’t want to have a structure around me where I felt like I’m not able to be like myself on the field because my job is to make sure I’m in the best frame of mind to contribute to my team.

“And that is a very unselfish thing to do because what you actually want to do is provide the best out there for your team. And potentially have another guy (as captain) who has fresh energy and a fresh set of ideas to still carry that culture forward and you still continue to be the leader by motivating the youngsters,” he added.

Kohli assumed the captaincy of the RCB in 2013, succeeding Daniel Vettori. He has led India in all three formats since 2017.

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