Indian former skipper and star batter Virat Kohli said that after stepping down as India Test skipper in January he received little support and at that time only former India captain MS Dhoni texted him.
Meanwhile, in the test tournament, Kohli is India’s most successful Test skipper but stepped down from it after a 2-1 series loss to South Africa.
During a press conference Kohli said, “When I left the Test captaincy, MS Dhoni was the only one among all the cricketers I had played with before who texted me. A lot of people have my number but he was the only one who texted me.”
“It comes from the genuine respect that we have for each other. There is no insecurity from either end of our equation. These things matter. I live my life with honesty and these things matter to me. I just want to say this, if I have to tell someone about their game, I reach out individually. Even if I have to reach out to them, I do it personally,” former India skipper Kohli said.
After the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup last year Kohli had already stepped down from India’s T20I captaincy.
“I’ve played for 14 years, it doesn’t happen by chance. I’ve taken some time away and put things in perspective and that’s given me a relaxation that this is not the be-all and end-all of life. I need to enjoy the game, I can’t put so much pressure on myself with expectations that I’m unable to express myself. That is not why I started playing the game,” Kohli said.
Moreover, Kohli is back in form and has hit back-to-back half-centuries in the Asia Cup.
However, on Sunday Pakistan defeated India by wickets in Asia Cup 2022.