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Virat Kohli says he doesn’t have to prove anything to critics

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London: Jun 30, 2014

He has seen success across all three formats during the last few years which elevated him to the status of team’s ‘Numero Uno’ batsman but Virat Kohli feels that there comes a point in someone’s career when one doesn’t feel an urge “to prove anything to others”.

“Initially, you try to prove it to the critics that you’re good enough to play at this level. Now I don’t feel the need to prove anything to people. It’s not that I believe that I have achieved it all but because I’ve realized that it is not important to prove anything to others. It’s (more) important what I think of my performances and what I expect from myself,” Kohli told BCCI.TV.

The maverick batsman said that he would do well with without advice from people that he needs to score big runs in England.

“Playing a Test series in England is a big thing in my mind and I don’t need people to tell me that he needs to score big runs in England and that this is the big test for him. I know that I want to score runs here and in every other country because I want to be the best.”

Kohli then took a dig at the critics who will be scathing in their analysis if a player has one bad series.

“Cricket critics in our country are strange. You may have scored runs everywhere but if you don’t do that in one country or series, they start doubting if you’re good enough. They did that to the seniors as well during the fag end of their careers.

“If you want someone to do well, you say positive things to and about them and not pull them down saying if they don’t prove themselves in certain conditions, they will remain flat-track bullies. I have stopped paying attention to them. When I get out, I’m the first one who feels about it.”

Having been Mahendra Singh Dhoni‘s deputy, Kohli admits to have picked up subtle nuances about the ‘art of captaincy’.

“Yes, I try to figure out why he (Dhoni) has done a certain thing. I try to see things from his perspective and understand his reasoning behind a decision. For me standing in the field is not just about waiting for the ball to come to me, field it and throw it back,” said Kohli.

“For instance, I am standing at long-on, a leg spinner is bowling and the long-off fielder is standing a bit straight, I think why is he not standing wider, why is there a man at point and not at slip?

“If you can figure out how your captain thinks and why he is doing certain things in the field, you will be able to read what the opposition captain is planning against you as well.

It adds so much to your game,” he explained.

Asked about his preparations across formats, Kohli replied that a lot of planning goes into Test match batting.

“Yes. There is a lot of planning that goes in my Test batting, but One-Day Internationls (ODIs) and T20Is are more spontaneous and instinctive. I go in to bat, see the scoreboard, assess the situation and figure out what needs to be done. I don’t sit the previous day and think that if this target comes up, I’ll bat like this.

“Once you do what your mind tells you to do, you’re going to be on the right side of the result. So, it’s very important to be confident in what you think and take your partner into confidence as well. There’s no pre-planning in the shorter formats, only reacting to the situations as they come.”

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