India won the six-match ODI series 5-1 against South Africa when they concluded the 6th ODI in Centurion with a comfortable win, credit to skipper Virat Kohli’s magnificent and consistent centuries. If the 22-yard distance on a cricket pitch is a kingdom, then Virat Kohli has established himself as the king.
Virat Kohli is all for his team, not here to compete
The 29-year-old India captain, Virat Kohli, said at the post-match conference of India’s historic ODI series win in South Africa, that while people have been framing him as the an aggressive and competitive captain, the reality was in the far opposite direction. As reported by DNA India, Kohli said,
“At this stage, I don’t feel like competing with anyone. It’s all about how I prepare before the game and what my work ethics are and how I am feeling on game day. My only motivation is to get into that frame of mind. I am not competing with anyone at all.”
“But if you are thinking about being ahead of someone else then you will be found out very soon by this game and you are compromising on what the team needs as well.”
Not doing a favour, it’s Kohli’s duty to do what he does
Virat Kohli also affirmed that when he was scoring runs and breaking world cricket records, it was not a favour that he was doing to anyone. He said that as India captain and a cricketer, he was only fulfilling his duty.
“It’s my job, I am supposed to do what I am doing and I am not doing anyone a favour, so just want to be in this zone of working as hard as I can and trying to do the best for the team.”
Virat Kohli slams media post India’s ODI series win
Virat Kohli slammed the media and hinted a disliking to the earlier reports flying around in the media which had questioned Team India and Virat Kohli’s credentials as world’s one of the best cricket team. Kohli said that he didn’t care about what was the word in the media, but only what the Team India management and the players think about him.
“What matters is what the management thinks about me, what I think about the players and what the players think about me. That’s all that matters to me. I know the headlines change from day in and day out. Tomorrow I play a bad shot and get out for zero everyone will conveniently do what they want to do, so it’s not my job to say anything about what I do.”
Virat Kohli, however, cleared the fact that he was not running from his mistakes. The ‘Delhi Boy’ said,
“Yes, if I make a mistake I will come here and accept it. I have never been one to give excuses and will remain like that. But I am never one to come here and praise myself. I can never do that because as I said, this is a job for me. I am not doing anyone a favour,” the skipper’s statement showed that how much the criticisms in the past has hurt him.
When questioned if the mammoth ODI series win over South Africa was India’s best overseas win, Virat Kohli hit back with a quick reply, at a venue where he was slammed by the media earlier for India’s Test series loss.
“You people can tell! One month back we were a very bad team. Now we are being asked these questions. We haven’t changed our mindset. Now whether this is the biggest win or no, whoever wants to analyze, write will do so.”
“I am not going to live in a dreamland right now and accept all the praise, sit here and feel good about this, because it doesn’t matter to me. Honestly it doesn’t. It didn’t matter when we were 2-0 down, it doesn’t matter now that we are 5-1 up because what matters is the respect in the change-room.”