Former India captain Virat Kohli amazed the world of cricket by storm when he resigned from the Test captaincy earlier this last month after a 1-2 series loss against SA (South Africa). He finished up being one of the most successful captain’s of the Indian cricket. The player has always been a very simple person and every word he has uttered as a cricketer reflects this mindset.
In a podcast interview with Digit, a company in which he has invested in the past and is now the brand ambassador, he aired his thoughts on matters of captaincy and the cultural changes he brought to the team during his time there. One of his fascinating statements was when he said “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”. He also talked about how he strives for cultural change in the team and it needs to start at the top “as everything, then, trickles down”.
Adding further, Kohli also gave an example of how MS Dhoni handed him the captaincy but played on.
“When MS Dhoni was in the team, it was not like that he was not a leader. He was still the guy we were going to constantly to get inputs… but for him to understand that yes, it is a natural progression and a natural time for me to take over and take Indian cricket forward to a level that I wanted to and as long as I feel that I have done that job without having materialistic goals, that has a longer-lasting effect. Taking the decision to move on is also part of leadership to understand the right time to do it. To understand that, maybe the environment needs a different direction. Obviously, the same culture but a different set of ideas to boost people in a different way and contribute in a different manner.”Virat Kohli
In his own words, Kohli talked about how he would continue to be his own leader.
“One has to embrace all kinds of roles and responsibilities. I have played under MS as a player and I have been the captain of the team for a long time. My mindset has been the same. I always thought like a captain even when I was a player. I want to make the team win. I have to be my own leader,”Kohli Added
The former captain was strong in his opinion and attitude towards leading the Indian team to victory and when asked about Rohit, who was the white-ball captain, the board is yet to announce his successor in the five-day format.
If not, he said
“Taking the decision to move on is also part of leadership to understand the right time to do it. To understand that may be the environment needs a different direction. Obviously same culture but a different set of ideas to boost people in a different way and contribute in a different manner”.Kohli
One of the main points made in the podcast was about the cultural change and whether it had any impact while Dhoni was the captain and the same affected Kohli.