Virat Kohli spoke openly on how he handled the stress of the previous six or so months, the critiques and advice he received over his lack of runs, and his stance on everything.
Kohli made the decision to leave his position as T20I captain following the T20 World Cup in 2021. After the tour of South Africa, in which the hosts recovered from defeat to win the series 2-1, Rohit Sharma was given the reins for both white-ball formats, and Kohli went on to give up the Test captaincy as well.
Virat Kohli stated that after he left the captaincy for the longest format of the game, only MS Dhoni took his time to message Kohli personally as no other contact of Virat came up and spoke face to face.
“One thing I can tell you is when I gave up Test captaincy, I got a message from only one person who I’ve played with before – MS Dhoni,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference on Sunday. “A lot of people have my number and a lot of people give suggestions on TV, but among people who have my number, I didn’t get a message from anyone else.
“When there’s respect and a connection with someone, when it’s genuine, it looks like this. Because there’s security at both ends. Neither was I insecure with him [Dhoni] nor was he insecure with me. All I can say is if I want to tell someone something I’ll reach out individually, if the help is needed. If you give a suggestion in front of the whole world, it holds no value for me. If it is something that will improve me then you can do it one-on-one also,” Kohli stated.