I don't judge myself by numbers or milestones - Kohli content with his Batting

I don’t judge myself by numbers or milestones – Kohli content with his Batting

It will be safe to say that 2021 was not Kohli’s best year, as a captain or as a batsman. One of the evidences being that he is not even nominated by ICC for the Best Batsman of the Year. Of course, one lean year does not define a player of Kohli’s stature. But its for everyone to see that in last two years, big runs haven’t come from the bat of Kohli. Ahead of the decider test match between India and South Africa at Cape Town, Virat addressed this issue.

Kohli has averaged below 30 since the start of 2020 in Test Cricket. He isn’t worried, however, and says he has made enough significant contributions in tough situations to know that the bare stats don’t necessarily reflect how well he’s played.

I am at peace with how I am playing – Kohli
“It’s not the first time [my form has come under scrutiny],” Kohli said. “It’s happened a few times in my career – England 2014 was one of those phases. But look, the thing is, I don’t look at myself from the lens that the outside world looks at me with, and eventually the standards that we’re talking about today, that I’m being compared with, have been set by myself, and more than anyone else, I take a lot of pride in wanting to do the best thing for the team that I can, and wanting to perform regularly for the team, and hence I’ve been able to do that for a long period of time.
“You have to understand, in sport sometimes, things do not go the way you want them to go, but at the end of the day I realise, as a player, as a batsman, that I’ve been involved in very important moments for the team over the last calendar year or so, and for me that is a matter of a lot of pride, that I have been part of very important partnerships when the team needed me, and eventually those moments have been crucial for us in many Test matches.
I don’t need to prove anything to anyone – Kohli
“So sometimes your focal point has to shift; if all the time you’re going to look at yourself and judge yourself on the basis of numbers and milestones, I don’t think you’ll ever be content or happy with what you’re doing. I take a lot of pride and happiness in the process that I’m following, and I’m at peace with how I’m playing and what I’m being able to do for the team when there is a tricky scenario, and as long as I’m doing that, and taking a lot of pride and motivation to be in those moments, I have nothing else to worry about, because the reality of the situation is that you eventually want to make impact performances for the team, and my best effort is always to do that, and I truly believe that I don’t need to prove anything to anyone.
After such a long explanation and discussion on his form, Kohli concluded the matter by saying, “It’s just that when you’re in the place where I am, you are going to be constantly judged, and that is the job of the outside world. I don’t look at myself like that.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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